October 10th, 1962 - The Spiegel-affair


October 10th, 1962 marks the beginning of the Spiegel-affair in Germany. Publisher Rudolf Augstein and other editors are said to have disclosed military secrets. Federal minister of defense Franz-Josef Strauss arbitrarily arrests the editor Conrad Ahlers at his Spanish holiday resort. Many students protest. The fundamental right of freedom of the press seems in jeopardy. The government admits that the arrests were not carried out according to constitutional principles. Hamburgs minister of the interior Schmidt agrees with the law: (original sound bite). Chancellor Adenauer senses an "abyss of treason" and defends the actions of his minister Strauss: (original sound bite). Franz-Josef Strauss only gradually admits the truth. On November 19th all five FDP party ministers resign in protest. On November 30th Strauss finally turns in his resignation. The government is rebuilt. Adenauer has to promise the FDP to resign after 10 months. '

Länge: 00:02:27 | O-Ton: nein | Farbe: s/w | Jahr: 1962 | Clip-ID: JHT000336E




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