NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Conversations between former President Richard Nixon and key aides displayed a shocking level of bigotry in the Nixon White House from the President downwards, AJC said. This followed the release of new tapes which recorded the President speaking in derogatory language about Americans of Jewish, black, Irish and Italian descent.
AJC was also dismayed by a remark made to the President by his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, in which the latter stated,
On Kissinger's remark about Soviet Jews, Harris, who was an activist in the Soviet Jewry movement twice detained by Soviet authorities, stated:
"That a German Jew who fled the Nazis could speak of a genocidal outcome in such callous tones is truly chilling. Perhaps Kissinger felt that, as a Jew, he had to go the extra mile to prove to the President that there was no question as to where his loyalties lay. That he used such graphic language in doing so speaks volumes about the degree of prejudice inside Nixon's Administration. It's hard to find the right words to express the degree of our shock and revulsion at Kissinger's remarks."
The tapes, released by the Nixon Library, were recorded in February and March 1973, shortly before the Watergate scandal which resulted in President Nixon's resignation. Nixon, who was pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford, passed away in 1994.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee