Henry Kissinger dies at 100

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.30 - 2023 7:39 AM CET

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Henry Kissinger dies at 100.

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Henry Kissinger, the former U.S. Secretary of State, has died at his home in Connecticut, USA, at the age of 100.

His consulting firm, Kissinger Associates, announced the news in a statement.

Kissinger was appointed as National Security Advisor by then U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1969.

From 1973 to 1977, he served as the U.S. Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

After his tenure as Secretary of State, Kissinger wrote books, ran his consulting firm, and served as an advisor in various capacities.

In 1973, he and the then North Vietnamese leader, Le Duc Tho, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the Paris Agreement, aimed at leading to a ceasefire in Vietnam.

The awarding of the Nobel Prize to Kissinger and Tho was among the most controversial of its kind.

Two members of the Nobel Committee resigned in response to the selection. Le Duc Tho declined the prize, as their work had not yet led to peace.

The war only ended when the North Vietnamese overran Saigon in 1975.

Henry Kissinger also acted as a mediator when Israel and Egypt signed a peace agreement in 1979.

As recently as July this year, the 100-year-old Henry Kissinger visited China, where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Henry Kissinger was born in Germany in 1923 and was named Heinz Alfred Kissinger. At the age of 15, he fled with his family from the Nazis' persecution of Jews, first to London and then to the USA.

During World War II, Kissinger returned to Germany as an American soldier. There, he worked as a translator and helped capture members of the Gestapo.

Henry Kissinger briefly led the special commission established by Congress and President George W. Bush in 2002 to investigate the terrorist attack against the USA on September 11, 2001.

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