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 eeleased as she's forced to play down book which alleges communist past
Mrs Merkel who was 17-year-old Angela Kasner when the picture was taken in 1972, is shown in fatigues marching with a group of friends and an East German officer
Born Angela Dorothea Kasner on 17 July 1954, her father, Horst Kasner was a Communist sympathiser and mother, Herlind Jentzsch, a Communist and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Merkel was educated in East Germany and leader of the official, Communist-led youth movement Free German Youth (FDJ) thus well-schooled in Jewish Bolsheviks Marx, Lenin and Trotsky (Lev Bronstein). The biography of Merkel shows that she was “a supreme and very visible Young Communist official in East Germany, responsible for propaganda and agitation.” Beyond leading the Young Communist League, Merkel also held high rank in the Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschland (SED), which was the leading Marxist-Leninist party of East Germany. Members of this party enjoyed ‘special privileges’ denied to ethnic Germans in East Germany after WWII. For example only closely trusted members of the Communist party (SED) were allowed to travel to western countries and Merkel often travelled to West Germany and other Western Nations. Merkel has visited Israel four times. On 16 March 2008, she arrived in Israel to mark the 60th anniversary of its occupation of Palestinian land. Merkel has supported all Israeli terror initiatives and opposing the Palestinian bid for membership at the UN. In March of 2008 the B’nai B’rith of Europe presented Merkel with their Award of Merit for ‘services’ to their community. Merkel has also received the Leo Baeck Medal, awarded by the Leo Baeck Institute of New York City devoted to the history of German-speaking Jewry. It is interesting to note that while Merkel finds it “especially sad that some commentators seem to have lost any inhibitions in telling the Jewish community what is good for them”. She never commented on the eternal lack of inhibition the Jewish Community has for letting Germany and the rest of Europe know what they think is good for them. On the 70th anniversary of the incursion into Poland in 2009 Merkel publically apologised and blamed Germany alone for starting WWII when it was international Jewry that sowed the seeds of this war in 1933 by inciting America and Europe to boycott German goods.
A member of Italy's metalworkers union walks by a banner with a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a demonstration in Rome. The unrest came as Mrs Merkel tried to dampen speculation over her links with East German communists
All children had to take part if they wanted to go to university, but Mrs Merkel is also alleged to have been a propaganda secretary for the youth movement, the FDJ.
The photo was found by an old schoolfriend, Sonja Felssberg, 58, and handed to a German newspaper.
Her smile is easily recognisable and her forage cap is set at a jaunty angle as she strides along at the High School Hermann Matern in Templin, where she was brought up behind the iron curtain.
Not even illness or a death in the family allowed for the youngsters to skip the martial lessons - they were simply postponed but had to be completed.
Sonja Felssberg, now 58 and an old school comrade, found the photo and handed it to a national German newspaper.
It was published as Mrs Merkel, who was the subject of austerity protests in Italy at the weekend, tried to play down allegations in a new book that she was much closer to the Communist rulers of the lost Socialist state than she previously admitted to, including holding a post as a propaganda secretary in the youth movement the FDJ.
Mrs. Felssberg said: 'We all had to sleep ten to a room in bunk beds when we did the exercises. In the day we learned things like treating wounds and stabilising patients - not much different from what you would learn today in first aid training with the Red Cross.
'But we also had to march and learn to use maps and a compass for hikes in the woods and wilderness. It was long ago but I remember it very well - and Angela.'
Mrs. Merkel is aiming for a third bid in office in the autumn.
She is hoping that the rumours about her alleged closeness to the politburo of East Germany will not diminish her chances.
But the photo of the old days has reportedly upset her.
One of her aides said: 'Madam Chancellor is not amused'