Heinz Alfred "Henry" Kissinger

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(16 November 2008)

Born: 27 May 1923, Fürth, Bavaria, Germany

Kissinger's family fled Nazi persecution in Germany, coming to the US in 1938. His first name had changed from Heinz to Henry by the time he became a citizen in 1943 while in Army training. He served as a German translator for Army counter-intelligence. He spent a fair stretch at Harvard, getting his BA, MA, and PhD degrees (1950, '52, and '54) before joining the faculty. With his teaching he also consulted for the National Security Council and several other US government agencies. He was an advisor to Nelson Rockefeller during his three presidential campaigns, then was chosen by Nixon first as National Security Adviser and then as Secretary of State. Throughout he championed Realpolitik, making him effective enough to win the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize (which he first accepted and later tried to return) and very unpopular with those who wanted to see a moral or idealogical stance taken by the US.

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