Charlemagne Prize 2020
Who is awarded the Prize?
Charlemagne Youth Prize
Henry A. Kissinger 1987
Charlemagne Prize Laureate 1987 Henry A. Kissinger
Born on 27th May 1923 in Fürth; 1938 emigration to the USA with his family. In 1943 he became an American citizen.
From 1943 to 1946 he served as a soldier. Afterwards he studied at Harvard University (1952 Master of Arts) and was conferred a doctorate (1954).
From 1954 to 1971 he was a member of the faculty at Harvard University; in 1962 he was appointed as professor. At Harvard he earned himself the reputation of an expert for foreign affairs and for European politics; he became advisor to various US governments.
In 1968 he was appointed by President Nixon as National Security Advisor. He played a leading role in the negotiation process for the treaty to end the war in Vietnam and restore peace; for his work as a mediator he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. During his time as Americal Secretary of State (1973–1977) he campaigned for the consolidation of the European–American partnership.
In 1977 he took on a teaching assignment for international diplomacy at Georgetown University in Washington, acted as a management consultant for banks and companies and in 1982 established his own consulting firm.
Laudation (extract) by Walter Scheel
Speech (extract) by Henry Kissinger
Photo Henry A. Kissinger
Henry A. Kissinger