In this study, I examined the time, international relations, and domestic political context in which Billy Brandt and Egon Bahr made speeches at Tutzing on July 15, 1963. I tried to analyze background ideas that acted as bases.
Brandt s speech was the result of his ideas of life and politics. He was influenced by the concepts of the peaceful coexistence of Khrushchev and Kennedy s peace strategy. Then, through the popular conceptualization of Bahr, the ideas of Willy Brandt known later as the Ostpolitik spread into the world efficiently. The West Germany became a turning point for changes from one-sided conservatism to progress and harmony.
In the Tutzing speech, Brandt described the relationships between the individual, the part, and the whole. He proposed to see everything in relationships between the part and the whole. As this point of view, he talked about past redressing, East-West German relations, Germany and Europe, and the World. The policy of the change through contact and the policy of small steps were explained in detail. This Tutzing event became the important starting point for the later Ostpolitik.