In an address to a joint session of the United States Congress, on June 5th, President House of Western Germany said that American and German troops would never fight against each other again.
L.V. Plane taxi-ing in.
S.V. Guard of honour.
S.L.V. President House steps down and is greeted by President Eisenhower and Mr. Dulles.
G.V. Guard of honour.
S.V.Pan...Inspecting the guard.
S.V. People waving.
S.V. President House, President Eisenhower and Mr. Dulles at mike.
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Background: In an address to a joint session of the United States Congress, on June 5th, President House of Western Germany said that American and German troops would never fight against each other again. He declared that Germany would never again stray from the path of freedom and democracy and that it was her sincere wish to be a good and reliable ally.
"The Germans know where they are and where they belong. Their history, their intellectual and Christian traditions have made them an integral part of what is called the 'western 'world."
Referring to criticisms that an economically prosperous West Germany had been ??? expand its markets at the expense of other countries which had carried heavy defence burdens when Germany was demilitarised, he asked.
"Can you hold this against a people, that they have regained economic strength through industriousness and skill, and thanks to the economic sense of the U.S.A., which was the essential condition for German economic recovery?"
The West German President flew into the capital in President Eisenhower's airplane on June 4th..His three-week visit is almost entirely ceremonial. However, Foreign Minister von Brentano, who as with House, will confer with the US State Department. At Washington airport President House received the key to the city and inspected a guard of honour. Later in the evening he attended a state dinner in his honour by Mr. Eisenhower, who greeted him at the airport.