Robert Kennedy in Heidelberg, 1964
Published: July 11, 2012
Gus Schuettler / ©Stars and Stripes
Heidelberg, Germany, June 27, 1964: Attorney General Robert Kennedy greets some admirers at the Heidelberg University auditorium. Kennedy answered questions on a wide range of topics, including Vietnam, civil rights and the upcoming presidential election. Asked about the surging popularity of eventual Republican nominee Barry Goldwater, Kennedy called the Arizona senator a spokesman for "people who oppose everything ... They want schools, good government and atomic weapons but they just don't like the people in Washington who are providing these things."
Addressing the Germans in the audience, Kennedy said, "We need your help in Vietnam. I hope that Germany will come forward and contribute." And as for China joining the United Nations, Kennedy offered that the Chinese "don't even want to live in peace with the Soviet Union. It doesn't make sense to bring them into a peace-promoting organization."
Stars and Stripes' 1964 story about Robert Kennedy's Heidelberg visit.