09. June 2023

What the Gestapo file says about Henry Kissinger's family What the Gestapo file says about Henry Kissinger's family

On the occasion of the 100th birthday of former Foreign Minister Henry Kissinger, Prof. Dr Ulrich Schlie analyses his biographical background and Gestapo files on the family. Born in Fürth, Kissinger fled persecution by the Nazi regime with his immediate family in 1938.

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"Mit einem Messer schnitten die Deutschen nach dem Krieg belastendes Material aus den Aktenordnern über das Schicksal der Familie Kissinger heraus. Trotzdem verrät das Archiv viel über das Leben der Kissingers unter den Nazis. Eine Gestapo-Akte führt die Menschenverachtung des Regimes vor Augen."

(After the war, the Germans used a knife to cut incriminating material out of the files on the fate of the Kissinger family. Nevertheless, the archive reveals a lot about the Kissingers' life under the Nazis. A Gestapo file demonstrates the regime's contempt for humanity.)

Ulrich Schlie is director of the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS) and Henry Kissinger Professor of Security and Strategic Studies at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology.

Link to the Article in WELT here

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