The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (photo by Mr. Holga)
J. Elke Ertle was just 17 years old when she joined thousands of other West Berlin residents to hear President John F. Kennedy address the crowd on June 26, 1963. Ertle, who immigrated to the United States a few years later, will discuss that historic day and the Cold War of the early 1960s during The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza’s June Living History program. Ertle will present at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 6, and again at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 7, on the Museum’s seventh floor.
Ertle was born in Germany and grew up in the British sector of West Berlin, five miles from the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate. She turned 18 on November 21, 1963, and, like many others around the world, was deeply impacted by President Kennedy’s assassination the following day. She later wrote about her experiences in her autobiography, WALLED-IN: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom. Ertle will remain after the program to sign the book, which is available for sale in both Museum stores. Continue reading