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Grand Forks Herald

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Cartoon depicts President John F. Kennedy beating Premier Nikita Khrushchev with a stick in an effort to protect Berlin. Cartoon drawn following President Kennedy's July, 25, 1961 speech to Congress on the crisis in Berlin in which he asked for a six-step program in preparation for a showdown with the Soviet Union over Berlin. President Kennedy stated that the United States would defend Berlin if the Soviet Union tired to drive out the Western Powers. Following Kennedy's speech, Khrushchev responded by threatening to sign a peace treaty with East Berlin and stated that western access to Berlin would be severed and if the West utilized nuclear warfare it would ensure the destruction of United States allies.


Cartoons (Commentary); Political cartoons

Places Depicted

Germany--Berlin; United States

People Depicted

Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald) 1917-1963; Krushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971


Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota


Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963, Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971, Cold War, West Berlin, East Berlin, Six-Step Program, Berlin Crisis, Communism, Nuclear warfare, July 25, 1961 John F. Kennedy Speech, Communism, Cold war, Nuclear warfare, International relations, Retribution, Political science