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Born in the city of Fürth in the state of Bavaria, Kissinger and his family fled the Nazi regime in 1938 and moved to New York. After having grown up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard, Dr. Kissinger became an advisor to New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and was later called into the administration of President Richard Nixon.
To this day, Dr. Kissinger is the highest ranking German born politician in the United States. His advice is still sought after today, both in Washington as well as from clients of his consulting firm Kissinger Associates.
The German-American Steuben Parade is deeply honored to have Dr. Kissinger head this year’s anniversary events in New York City.
Dr. Kissinger joins an exclusive list of dignitaries leading the Parade, including New York developer Donald Trump, magicians Siegfried & Roy, Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, actor Eric Braeden, supermodel Carol Alt and New York mayors Rudolph Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg as Grand Marshals, as well as German presidents Walter Scheel, Richard von Weizsäcker and Johannes Rau as Guests of Honor.
Many of the Grand Marshals and Guests of Honor are expected to take part in this year’s anniversary festivities.