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Henry Kissinger’s Mother Dies At 97

November 16, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Paula Kissinger, the mother of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, has died. She was 97.

Mrs. Kissinger, who held the Bible at the 1973 White House ceremony in which her first-born son assumed the country’s highest Cabinet post, died Sunday at Manhattan’s Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

Fleeing the Nazis in Germany, Mrs. Kissinger arrived in the United States in 1940 with her husband and two young sons. She quickly learned the language and became a cook and caterer to supplement the family’s income.

She returned to Germany a few times, once to see her son awarded an honorary degree.

``First you get chased away, and then you get treated like royalty,″ she said.

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