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German Town Honors Kissinger

May 20, 1998

FUERTH, Germany (AP) _ Henry Kissinger received honorary citizenship Wednesday from the town he and his family fled during the Nazi regime.

Fuerth Mayor Wilhelm Wenning said the former secretary of state brought a new level of ``quality″ to diplomacy during the postwar period.

Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel said Kissinger, who helped shape U.S. foreign policy as national security adviser and secretary of state from 1969 to 1977, also aided European security during the Cold War.

``Whenever there was anything to do with Germany’s security and Europe’s, we could count on Henry Kissinger,″ Kinkel said.

Kissinger, 74, said the ceremony was a ``very emotional experience.″

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