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United States. Office of the US High Commissioner for Germany. Information Services Division / RIAS, Berlin
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The freedom bell,   pp. [51] ff. PDF (414.5 KB)


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The dedication of the World Freedom Bell, on October 24, 195t,
climaxing the Crusade for Freedom, was given unprecedented radio
coverage- through the facilities of RIAS.
Dignitaries of nearly 30 nations attended the ceremony at-:
the Berlin Town Hall, during which addresses were delivered by
Major qeneral IMaxwe1l D. Taylor, US Commander, Berlin; John J.
McCloyq IUS high Commissioner for Germany; Professor Ernst Reuteer,
Lord Mayor of Berlin;, and General Lucius D. Clay, National Chair_.
man of the Crusade -for Freedom.
A crowd estimated at nearly ha~lf a million gathered ini or
near the Berlin Town Hall Square for the ceremonies while millions
of other listeners throughout Germany and Western Europe heard this
complete dedication services via  medium -and short wave.
Both the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, the inde-
pendent station of the National Committee for a Free Europe, rem-
layed the impressive event in Czechoslovak, Bulgarian, RumanianD
Hungarian and Polish to listeners behind the Iron Curtain..
In the United States, the National Broadcasting Company,
the American Broadcasting Company, and the Columbia Broadcasting
System relayed a shortened version of the ceremonies to some
1500 radio stations.
Because of the significance of the Bell as a symbol of the
Freedom Crusade, RIAS broadcasts each evening at 1800 a brief
moment of dedication. Following the tones of the Freedom Bell',
listeners hear a sentence from the Freedom Pledge, which reads
"I believe in the sacredness and dignity
of the individual,
"I believe that all men derive the right
to freedom equally from God;
"I pledge to resist aggression and tyranny
wherever they appear on earth."
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