As Oldenburg’s residents celebrate their German heritage with Freudenfest this weekend, the German-American Hall of Fame board has announced details for this year’s induction ceremony and named 2014 inductees. The event will be held Oct. 15 from 7-11 p.m. at the new Bavarian style Paulaner Brauhaus and Restaurant, 265-267 Bowery, New York City.
There are five honorees, two living and three dead.
Louis Joseph Freeh was born Jan. 6, 1950, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Bernice and William Freeh Sr. His grandparents immigrated in the late 1800s from the Swabia Province in Germany to the United States.
He received a Master of Laws degree in criminal law from New York University School of Law in 1984 and subsequently joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. In 1991 the honoree was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, a position he held until he was appointed the fifth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and served in this position under two presidents. Freeh is now an attorney and consultant in the private sector.
Dr. Henry Alfred Kissinger was born May 27, 1923, in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany, during the Weimar Republic as Heinz Alfred Kissinger. His father, Louis Kissinger (1887-1982), was a schoolteacher. His mother, Paula (Stern) Kissinger (1901-1998), was a homemaker.
In 1938, fleeing Nazi persecution, his family moved to London before arriving in New York Sept. 5. Kissinger spent his high school years in the Washington Heights section of upper Manhattan. After enrolling in the City College of New York to study accounting, in 1943 he was drafted in the U.S. Army. Kissinger received a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in political science at Harvard College in 1950.