Kissinger apologizes for 1973 Anti-Semitic Comment

Published: December 27th 2010
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Henry Kissinger, 87

Former U.S secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, released a public apology for his remark in 1973 stating that it would not be of American concern if the Soviet Union chose to send it’s Jews to the gas chambers.


This comment was originally made during a recorded conversation about Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union with Richard Nixon. The conversation was released only recently hidden deep in a New York Times story centered on Nixon’s well-known bigotries.


His exact statement was as follows, “If they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.” Kissinger, now 87, requested forgiveness in a Washington Post article saying, “references to gas chambers have no place in political discourse, and I am sorry I made that remark 37 years ago.”


The recording produced alarm among Jewish groups because Kissinger is himself a German-born Jew who fled the Nazi’s.


The Anti-Defamation League stated that this information displayed a “disturbing and even callous insensitivity toward the fate of Soviet Jews”.


For several years, virulent critics have viewed Kissinger as a cold-blooded sociopath, and this newly released information has re-ignited their fury.


“In the past, Kissinger has defended his role as enabler to Nixon's psychopathic bigotry, saying that he acted as a restraining influence on his boss by playing along and making soothing remarks,” says Christopher Kitchens, who previously states that Kissinger should be tried as a war criminal for his role in ordering the bombing of Cambodia and enabling Latin American autocrats.


Henry Kissinger claims that his remark was taken out of context and that the Nixon administration aided many Jews who left the Soviet Union.

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