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Merkel's father dies, chancellor cancels appearances

The Local · 3 Sep 2011, 11:53

Published: 03 Sep 2011 11:53 GMT+02:00

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Merkel was due to put in a final campaign push with her fellow Christian Democrats ahead of elections in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Sunday.

Kasner was a Protestant minister who directed a ministers' college in the small town of Templin in northern Brandenburg. The head of the Maria-Magdalenen congregation there described Kasner's death as a "huge loss."

"Horst Kasner was a very dedicated man," Uwe Simon told German news agency DPA. Simon said Merkel's father had continued to officiate at weddings at a nearby church.

Angela Merkel grew up in Templin, in the former East Germany, as the oldest of three children. Kasner and wife Herlind moved there from Hamburg in 1954.

Kasner first visited the Reichstag building in Berlin when Merkel was confirmed as Germany's first female chancellor in 2005. Commenting on his daughter's achievement, Kasner said, "It's not something that happens every day."

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Merkel's parents were also in the visitors' gallery at the German parliament when the chancellor was delivered a fresh mandate to lead the government in 2009.


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15:16 September 3, 2011 by finanzdoktor
My condolences to Chancellor Merkel and her family. Recently, I lost my mother, so I have a hint of what she is going through at this time.

To other readers of The Local, as you read this article, please remember the courage and dedication it took for Herr Kasner and his family to move from West Germany to East Germany, during the Cold War due to their beliefs and convictions. To stand up to oppressors, that is real courage, and should be a reminder to all of us, not matter what our diseparate beliefs are.
13:37 September 4, 2011 by storymann
finanzdoktor, well said.
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