Guido Goldman, a U.S. Bridge to Germany, Dies at 83

Three years later, his father decided to move the family to America, where at some point in the bureaucratic mess of immigration, the second “n” in Mr. Goldman’s name dropped and he never bothered to replace it. He attended the Birch Wathen School, now the Birch Wathen Lenox School, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan before enrolling at Harvard.

Mr. Goldman never married. He is survived by his brother who lives in Los Angeles.

In Manhattan, Goldman’s father, who was also President of the World Zionist Organization, proved instrumental in supporting Israeli independence at the United Nations. He gave his sons a commitment to social justice, which led Mr. Goldman to engage in civil rights activism in the 1960s and 1970s.

But Mr. Goldman’s friends said his parents might be cold and aloof with him – one reason, they said, that he sought out Mr. Kissinger as his mentor at Harvard, where Mr. Goldman graduated summa cum laude with a degree in government in 1959 and received his PhD in the same field a decade later. Their bond went far beyond that of a professor and a star student; Mr. Kissinger himself described it as a “father-son relationship”.

As a Liberal Democrat, Mr. Goldman did not follow Mr. Kissinger to the Nixon White House. However, he remained Mr. Kissinger’s confidante and reported to him after his frequent trips to West Germany to meet with leading politicians. He also helped Mr Kissinger in other ways: he let him stay in his apartment when Mr Kissinger was in New York, bodyguards in tow, and he even loaned him two works of art to hang in his White House office.

“It was a typical Guido thing,” said Kissinger in a telephone interview on Monday. “Something I didn’t ask for, something I didn’t know I needed.”

Already rich in his mother’s legacy, Mr Goldman raised even more fortunes as a real estate investor and private money manager in the 1970s and 1980s – money that he happily and often anonymously distributed among his friends and admirers, including civil rights activists such as Belafonte and Marian Wright Edelman, the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.

“He was one of the most generous connectors of friends and institutions I have ever met,” said Ms. Edelman.

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