Audience

In this part, we will talk about the audience of John F. Kennedy’s "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, including the wider audience who watched the speech through different kinds of media.

The speech was made in West Berlin, on the steps of Rathaus Schoneberg, the city hall. The audience present was comprised of over 450,000 Berliners – ordinary citizens as well as US and German dignitaries. His speech was translated into German to the audience and he received positive feedback through cheers and enthusiastic applause, which can be heard in the televised version of the speech. Since the speech was filmed and televised, it reached millions of people in both the US and across the world and was considered an important political statement towards the Soviet Union.

Kennedy’s speech was mainly aimed towards Berliners, as Kennedy addresses them in West Berlin. However, the speech is also aimed towards the Soviets, as Kennedy’s purpose is to highlight the support of the US for West Berlin and also to express the US position when it comes to the construction of the Berlin Wall.

First, Kennedy makes it clear that his tar…

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