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Jahn determined to remove ex-Stasi workers from files authority

The Local · 24 Apr 2011, 15:07

Published: 24 Apr 2011 15:07 GMT+02:00

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Jahn took over the files authority from his predecessor Marianne Birthler this month, and with it, the problem of staff who had previously worked for the Stasi.

His visits to associations of Stasi victims had convinced him that those who had worked for the secret police had no place working for the authority now administering the millions of files they had amassed on the East German people.

It remained a “slap in the face of the victims,” that such people worked for the body which he said “is there to make amends to those victims.”

Yet he said those former Stasi staff who had admitted their work for the secret police and had remained in their jobs also deserved respect, adding that discussions with them had been undertaken in a friendly atmosphere.

Most are former body guards currently employed as security guards. They had been taken on by the last East German Interior Minister Peter-Michael Diestel and had then been offered to the Stasi file authority under its first manager Joachim Gauck.

Now Jahn said he based what he called his “rigorous moral position” on the idea that the entire authority was to be seen as a “moral example.”

“It is about coming to terms with a dictatorship, it is about values, it is about the principled difference between dictatorship and democracy,” he said.

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The legal requirements for transferring the 47 staff to a different authority or something similar will be checked directly, he said.


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Your comments about this article

17:32 April 24, 2011 by jmclewis
Roland Jahn..... your courage is admirable these ex-stasi people should have been out long ago!
19:02 April 24, 2011 by raandy
He doesn't look like he could remove butter from the dish.
23:15 April 24, 2011 by Zlik
There's a stunner , who would'a thought they was right before German noses.
00:41 April 25, 2011 by FredFinger
After 20 years people who used to work for the Stasi and who now * still * work for the national Stasi archive will be approached in "friendly" discussions. Well, the discussions had better be friendly because the former Stasi staff could make things very warm for the government should they suddenly decide to be forthright about what they know or the changes and deletions they've been able to effect in the national archives which at this point must be close to a national joke.
08:34 April 25, 2011 by catjones
We keep thinking German history is all in the past.
07:52 April 26, 2011 by auniquecorn
It´s all about the plan.
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