12/23/2010

The Neuroses of Heinz Kissinger

The recent release of the Nixon-Kissinger tapes has been reported widely in the Jewish community, particularly because of the latter's comment:
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. Maybe a humanitarian concern.
There has been a lot of analysis of Kissinger's statement, as he is a German Jew and a Holocaust refugee. I immediately recalled the following section of Yehuda Avner's The Prime Ministers, which, incidentally, I cannot praise enough, and I'm glad to see that D.G. Myers gave it pride of place in his review of Jewish books published in 2010.
In the excerpt, psychiatrist Willie Fort, born Wilhelm Furtwangler in Germany, offers an extemporaneous diagnosis of Kissinger's neurosis and a glimpse at the shy and paranoid Jewish refugee beneath his projected self-assurance and arrogance. Posted with the permission of Toby Press.

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