16. Editorial Note

Chancellor Adenauer visited the United States April 12-13, 1961, at the invitation of President Kennedy. On April 12 he met with the President at 10 a.m. to discuss NATO; a memorandum of this conversation is printed in Foreign Relations, 1961-1963, volume XIII, Document 98. At 4 p.m. Adenauer and Brentano met with Rusk to continue the discussion on NATO and to talk about Berlin. Memoranda of these conversations are in the Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Germany, Adenauer Visit. At 10:30 a.m. on April 13 Adenauer and the President met again to discuss disarmament, aid to underdeveloped countries, and European integration. Memoranda of the first two conversations are ibid.; a memorandum of the conversation on European integration is printed in Foreign Relations, 1961-1963, volume XIII, Document 4. At noon they met to discuss Berlin, the balance of payments, and NATO; the memorandum of the conversation on Berlin is printed as Document 17; memoranda of the conversation on the other two topics are in the Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Germany, Adenauer Visit. At 4:30 p.m. Adenauer and Kennedy met again briefly to discuss NATO and the final communiqué. Memoranda of these conversations are ibid. For the Chancellor's account of the visit, see Erinnerungen, 1959-1963, pages 91-97; for Grewe's account of the visit, see Rückblenden, pages 461-464, which also includes a description of meetings not recorded in the formal memoranda of conversation.