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President Ford's Trip to Europe, July-August 1975

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In the days surrounding the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) summit meeting in Helsinki, Finland, President Ford, along with Mrs. Ford, Jack Ford, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, visited West Germany, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia. Although this European trip was not formally part of President Ford’s CSCE activities, the countries visited were specifically chosen for their positions within the sphere of Cold War tensions. The American party visited West Germany in order to emphasize US commitment to West German defense. Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia were chosen as the least subservient countries within the Soviet bloc, and it was thought that a visit from the American president would further encourage their independence. While President Ford spent much of the trip meeting with heads of state and strengthening bilateral relations, the Fords also participated in a variety of other activities, including state dinners, attending picnics, reviewing troops, and visiting cultural sites.

To see more photos from President Ford's travels, visit Ford Library's photo galleries for this trip and for the CSCE. You can also explore the CSCE resource page.

 

 

President Ford and Edward Gierek, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers' Party, wave to the crowd from their car in the motorcade from Okecie International Airport to Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, Poland.
President Ford and Edward Gierek, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers' Party, wave to the crowd from their car in the motorcade from Okecie International Airport to Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, Poland, 7/28/1975 (White House photograph A5961-15)

Digitized Holdings Related to President Ford's European Trip

 

July 26, 1975 - President Ford Leaves for Europe:


July 27, 1975 - Bonn, West Germany:


July 28, 1975 - Bonn, Germany to Warsaw, Poland:
July 29, 1975 - Krakow, Poland to Helsinki, Finland:


July 30, 1975 - Helsinki, Finland:
July 31, 1975 - Helsinki, Finland:
August 1, 1975 - Helsinki, Finland:
August 2, 1975 - Helsinki, Finland to Bucharest, Romania:
August 3, 1975 - Bucharest, Romania to Belgrade, Yugoslavia:
August 4, 1975 - Belgrade, Yugoslavia: