Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

Nobel author Müller wants probe into those who spied on her

Share this article

Nobel author Müller wants probe into those who spied on her
Photo: DPA
08:31 CET+01:00
Romanian-born German author Herta Müller, winner of the 2009 Nobel Literature Prize, has called for an investigation into former spies now living in Germany after it was revealed she was spied on by Romania's secret police, ARD television said late on Monday.

Müller, 56, came to the attention of the Securitate after author and publicist Franz Thomas Schleich said her first book, published in English as "Nadirs," showed "anti-state trends," the channel said.

Thereafter, Schleich, under the codename "Voicu," spied on Müller in the 1980s on behalf of the secret police, ARD said, citing witnesses from the time as well as documents from police archives.

In the ARD programme, Schleich, who fled to Germany in the early 1980s claiming he was a victim of Nicolae Ceausescu's communist regime, refused to respond to the accusations.

For her part, Müller confirmed that Schleich and "Voicu" were the same person and she called for an investigation into Securitate informers now living in Germany.

After winning the Nobel prize, Müller said she was still haunted by the dictatorship she grew up in and that has inspired her work.

"I feel free now but these things have not been erased," she told reporters in Berlin, where she now lives. "I know what it is to be afraid every morning that by the evening you won't exist any more."

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

The Swedish university tackling the challenges of tomorrow

Ranked among the world's best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Jobs
Click here to start your job search
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement