Kissinger's consulting firm, Kissinger Associates, as well as his family confirmed that the late statesman passed away at his home in Kent in Northwestern Connecticut on Nov. 29. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, whom he married in 1974, his two children, Elizabeth and David, and five grandchildren.
Kissinger was born in Germany in 1923. His family fled Nazi Germany in 1938 and resettled in New York City. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1943 and served at the tail end of World War II as an interpreter for the United States Army. During his time in the Army, he helped arrest several members of the Gestapo and participated in the liberation of the Ahlem concentration camp in Hamburg.
Following the war, Kissinger completed his education and went on to serve as a consultant for several government agencies before being chosen by President Richard Nixon to be a national security adviser. During his second term, he was appointed secretary of state, retaining his title following Nixon's resignation during the term of Gerald Ford. Following his tenure, he remained a prominent and greatly influential voice on foreign policy issues.
In recent years, Kissinger has been accused of war crimes, including the indiscriminate bombing of Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War, backing Pakistan's genocide in Bangladesh during the country's independence war, and greenlighting the "dirty war" of the dictatorship of Argentina against political dissidents.
Kissinger is also credited with supporting the violent overthrow of Chile's government, the invasion of Angola by apartheid South Africa and Indonesia's invasion and occupation of East Timor.
Despite this controversial past, many prominent political figures still paid tribute to Kissinger, including President Joe Biden.
"I'll never forget the first time I met Dr. Kissinger," said Biden's statement. "I was a young senator, and he was secretary of state – giving a briefing on the state of the world."
"Throughout our careers, we often disagreed. And often strong," he continued. "But from that first briefing – his fierce intellect and profound strategic focus was evident. Long after retiring from government, he continued to offer his views and ideas to the most important policy discussion across multiple generations." (Related: Joe Biden is a war criminal: MURDERED seven family members including children, just to change the news headlines.)
In New York City, a crowd of people demonstrating in support of a free Palestine was seen erupting in cheers after one of the protest organizers announced Kissinger's death.
Protestors cheer upon learning Henry Kissinger died pic.twitter.com/lTkBuAJO0P
— katie smith (@probablyreadit) November 30, 2023
The International magazine, in a post on X, credited Kissinger with the deaths of nearly four million people through the foreign policy decisions he supported.
"When I went to Chile for my concentration camp book, I talked to so many who held Kissinger responsible for destroying their country and their lives," said author, journalist and expert on the history of concentration camps Andrea Pitzer. "They were tortured in horrific ways, detained in heinous conditions, then often exiled for years. May they sleep peacefully tonight."
Watch this Nov. 30 episode of the "Pete Santilli Show" as he discusses the outpouring of celebrations all over the world following the news that Kissinger passed away.