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Merkel got bad marks for Marx

DDP/The Local · 31 Jan 2010, 13:27

Published: 31 Jan 2010 13:27 GMT+01:00

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University files released following a court appeal by the news magazine Der Spiegel reveal that Merkel did not relish the ideological studies that all doctorate students had to attend in the German Democratic Republic. Merkel has previously blocked the release of files on her university education.

Merkel studied for a doctorate in physics at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the 1980s and was given only a "satisfactory" grade by her ideology professor in 1983, following a three-year course in Marxism-Leninism. She got the same low grade three years later on handing in her dissertation on the subject, now lost.

Merkel received a "very good" grade for her physics research, and successfully achieved her doctorate for her thesis on quantum chemistry. All doctorate students in the GDR were obliged to take advanced courses in ideology.

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Merkel has consistently had to face accusations that she supported the GDR's communist ideology during her early life in East Germany.

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14:06 January 31, 2010 by garryq
Lost dissertations and hiding the past. That's the story.
14:43 January 31, 2010 by Jibzy
How about people stop judging politicians for their personal life and start focusing on what they actually say and do?
16:27 January 31, 2010 by majorityrules
Instead of taking great pains to hide her grades, she ought to be happy and brag about the fact that she got bad grades in communism . Das Capital is boring, stupid and isn't worth the paper it's written on.
16:55 January 31, 2010 by Celeon
From a political point of view : Isnt it actually good when a democratic politician gets bad marks in marxism/leninism?

Would you want your political representative to have gained a A+ in fascism?
16:59 January 31, 2010 by erdinger
Give credit where credit is due. Unlike the corrupt midget in the Kremlin at least she didn't plagiarize her work like Putin did .
20:59 January 31, 2010 by wood artist
It's probably impossible to know whether the grades stem from really marginal performance, her (we assume) honest dislike of the subject matter, or maybe even the perspective of the Professor who wished to punish her because she wasn't a "good little Communist."

While "knowing your enemy" is important, the traditional Communism is hardly the real enemy now that it once was. I suspect she knows "enough", and it's more important to look at how Putin or the Chinese actually apply "Communism" in today's world.

06:32 February 1, 2010 by ColoSlim
I think this speaks highly of her. Speculating on why a college student does something is wrought with contradiction because that is what young people are. Instead of breaking this as a story, it should be part of a larger focus piece on The Merk. One or two small things does not define a person especially as we are maturing.
22:06 February 1, 2010 by wenddiver
She studied Communism in a Communist country, that's interesting. I went to school in the US and my Professors were all Communists for the most part, despite the obvious wealth and Freedon of the society they were teaching in. They were also big advocates of illegal drug use and homosexual behaviors. I guess that's the advantage of an Ivy League eduction; You have something to reject.

I always assumed proffesors behind the Iron Curtain probably dressed up in Brooks Brothers ties, read the wall street Journal, fantisized about buying Pork Belly Options and going on dates with normal girls.
20:21 February 5, 2010 by Hibernicus
And it shows. Merkel hasn't produced one original political idea in her life. She was a quiet little mouse when she lived in the GDR but, when the change came she was quick to bandwagon on the Ost-CDU which was heavily subsidised by Kohl with BRD taxpayers money. She is a good manipulator, though, I'll give her that. It wasn't long before she ousted Kohl and grabbed his job. She seems to have run out of steam now, though, and is floundering in a weak and divided government.

And, why is education in the GDR "indoctrination" and everything in the West is perfectly objective? My Aunt Fanny it is. Even capitalist economists read Marx as they haven't a clue how their own economy works! That's how we're all in a mess today.
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