The Madeleine Brand Show for December 17, 2010

Is Henry Kissinger a self-hating Jew?

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Demonstrators gather at the Place des Nations in Geneva to protest against the presence of former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger and his alleged role in the 1973 military coup in Chile on September 10, 2010.

Former secretary of state for Presidents Nixon and Ford and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Henry Kissinger, is the son of two German Jews who immigrated to New York in the shadow of World War II. But comments out this week, caught on tape in 1973, suggest he was indifferent to Jewish suffering under the Soviet regime. Is Kissinger anti-Semitic? Jeremi Suri, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and author of Henry Kissinger and the American Century shares his insight.

Kissinger told Nixon, “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern.”

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