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
By ALAN HALL
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.