<em>The Victoria Advocate</em>, October 5, 1959
This AP article appeared in the Texas newspaperThe Victoria Advocate the day after the end of the first biennial German-American Conference held by theAmerican Council on Germany and the Atlantik-Brücke in Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany. Dean Acheson, who had served as the U.S. Secretary of State from 1949-1953, was one of many prominent attendees from the worlds of politics, media and business. The goal of this and later conferences was to encourage German-American elite networking and to provide a forum for strengthening transatlantic ties.
“Dean Acheson proposed Sunday a dramatic shift in Western policy to pull Western Europe and North America together into a unified front on all political, economic and military issues. The Acheson plan won immediate support from American and West German officials winding up a four-day conference on East-West tensions. The conference, arranged by the American Council on Germany and the Atlantic Bridge Organization, brought together such high-ranking personalities as West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Acheson, as well as leading figures from both countries.”
“Shift in Western Policy Suggested by Acheson.” The Victoria Advocate, Oct. 5, 1959, pp. 1, 10.