East German Stasi kept records on Scholz during 1970s, 80s

East Germany’s secret police stored in depth data on Chancellor Olaf Scholz when he was a senior member of the West German Social Democratic Party’s youth wing within the Nineteen Seventies and 80s, German tabloid Bild reported Thursday.

Files obtained by the newspaper confirmed the Stasi intently adopted his visits to the communist nation at a time when he was deputy chief of the Young Socialists, describing him as a “seasoned political professional who has a lot of influence in the organisation.”

The Stasi gathered huge quantities of knowledge on East Germany’s residents and influential individuals overseas, each via its personal brokers and with the assistance of informants.

Many of the information have been destroyed earlier than German reunification in 1990, however some have survived and may be accessed by these involved or for analysis functions.

Asked in regards to the information Thursday, Scholz mentioned they “weren’t nice, but that’s just the way it is.”

The 63-year-old was elected chancellor final month, succeeding Angela Merkel, who grew up in East Germany.


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