Friday, May 24, 2013

Merkel, the Red footsoldier

Merkel, the Red footsoldier: German chancellor under fire over Communist links as image of her in uniform is released

  • Photo found of her as 17-year-old marching with East German officer
  • Released as she’s forced to play down book which alleges communist past

PUBLISHED: 17:05, 21 May 2013 | UPDATED: 07:42, 22 May 2013

She denies she was close to the Communist rulers in East Germany, where she grew up.
So this 1972 photo of her in military-style uniform has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel ‘not amused’.

Then called Angela Kasner and aged 17, she is shown happily involved in a civil defence exercise under the gaze of an East German officer.
Drills included first aid and preparing for nuclear attack.

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