After resigning as chancellor in October 1963, Konrad Adenauer continued to remain active in politics. Until March 1966, he led the CDU as party chairman, and he contined to speak out publicly on key issues in contemporary politics. In April 1967, the 91-year-old Adenauer died in Rhöndorf, a town near Bonn. On April 25, 1967, a state ceremony was held in Bonn in honor of the former chancellor, and Cardinal Joseph Frings led a requiem in the Cologne Cathedral. Among the guests were French President Charles de Gaulle and American President Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as eleven heads of state and seventeen foreign ministers from various nations. Photographer unknown.

Pontifical Requiem in Cologne Cathedral in Memory of Konrad Adenauer (April 25, 1967)


Source: Joseph Cardinal Frings celebrates a Pontifical Requiem in Cologne Cathedral in memory of Konrad Adenauer. Date: April 26, 1967.
ABD 136/67/26-4-67. IN-Bild, Inter-Nationes/Bundesbildstelle. German Information Center.

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