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Name: Henry Alfred Kissinger                                                             
Born: 27 May 1923 Fürth, Bavaria, Germany                                               
Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923) is a German-born     
American politician, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He served as National           
Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the Richard             
Nixon administration. Kissinger emerged unscathed from the Watergate scandal and         
maintained his powerful position when Gerald Ford became President.                       
A proponent of Realpolitik, Kissinger played a dominant role in United States             
foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. During this period, he pioneered the               
policy of détente.                                                                       
During his time in the Nixon and Ford administrations he cut a flamboyant figure,         
appearing at social occasions with many celebrities. His foreign policy record           
made him a nemesis to both the anti-war left and the anti-communist right alike.         
With the recent declassification of Nixon and Ford administration documents               
relating to U.S. policy toward South America and East Timor, Kissinger has come           
under fire from journalists and human rights advocacy groups, both in the U.S.           
and abroad. Following the release of those documents, officials in France,               
Brazil, Chile, Spain, and Argentina have sought him for questioning in                   
connection with Operation Condor, hindering his travel abroad.