Henry Kissinger was notable statesmen, and advisor to various US presidents. His career in diplomacy spanned various decades and even won him the Nobel Peace Prize. Henry Kissinger was born in Germany in 1923 to a German – Jewish family. He emigrated to America with his family in 1938 to avoid persecution during the German fascist era and grew up in New York City. As a boy he studied at George Washington High School and excelled in academia while also working a job during the day.

Henry Kissinger During WW2 Era | Source: Henrakissinger

Kissinger was drafted into the US Army to fight in WW2 in 1943 and due to his German roots and knowledge of the language he quickly became a valuable asset to the military. He worked in military intelligence and obtained the rank of sergeant before being discharged in 1946. He then studied and graduated from the prestigious Harvard University where he obtained a Bachelors, Master and PHD. He was very involved in academia. He founded the International Seminar which brought together various dignitaries from all over the world and was a crucial step in launching his career as an international diplomat.

Inauguration as Secretary of State | 1973 | Source: Wikipedia

In 1968 Kissinger became National Security Advisor under President Richard Nixon. As National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, Kissinger helped to plan some of the most controversial events in American history. He was involved in ending the Vietnam War, in addition to opening relations with China and calming tensions with the Soviet Union. During the Watergate Scandal Kissinger was tasked with keeping the US in good light on the international stage.

Henry Kissinger Alongside His Wife Nancy | 1978 | Source: Wikipedia

 Nixon resigned in 1974 due to the scandal but, Henry Kissinger remained as Secretary of State under the new president. After leaving Washington, Kissinger went into consulting. With the end of the Cold War, Henry Kissinger’s legacy is still being debated. He was seen as a hero by some and a villain by others. He passed away on November 29, 2023, and regardless of your opinion on Kissinger, there is no denying that he had a very interesting career in government and was involved in many of the most important events in world history during his lifetime.

Gambia 200 Dalasi Gold Coin | 2016 | Source: Colnect

Henry Kissinger has been honored through some numismatic pieces. Gambia honored him in 2016 by making a golden 200 Dalasis coin in his honor. The obverse side features a portrait of Kissinger as well as a dove to symbolize peace. The reverse side features the Gambian coat of arms. There is also an unofficial bronze medal circulating online featuring Kissinger, it’s made by a private mint. It features his portrait on the obverse side while the reverse features an image of the world with an eagle cradling it and text that reads “Statesmen For World Peace”.

Medallic Art Co Henry Kissinger Bronze Medallion | Source: Numista

Sources:

https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/people/kissinger-henry

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Henry-Kissinger

https://history.state.gov/departmenthistory/people/kissinger-henry-a

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Kissinger

https://www.henryakissinger.com/

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