NATO celebrates 60 years of German membership.

In Berline June 30, NATO is celebrating Germany’s 60th anniversary as a member of the Alliance. Germany became NATO’s fifteenth member on 6 May 1955, when the German instrument of accession to the Washington Treaty was officially deposited with the Government of the United States. Three days later, Germany participated in its first session of the North Atlantic Council at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris.

“The stories of Germany and of NATO are forever linked, and they are stories of success,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. “Germany and the Alliance need each other: to defend our values, to keep our nations safe, and to protect peace in Europe and the world.”

The NATO Archives have compiled a series of historic documents and photographs marking Germany’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic family. Photos taken during the invitation and accession ceremonies in October 1954 and May 1955, respectively, show how Allies came together to welcome Germany as a new member. See the photo gallery at


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