Files reveal: The Stasi knew that about young politician Olaf Scholz

Files reveal: The Stasi knew that about young politician Olaf Scholz

For years, the GDR State Security has collected information and files on today’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) during his time as a Juso politician in the 1980s. On Thursday in Berlin, the Federal Archives confirmed on request that they had sent Scholz’s Stasi files to the “Bild” newspaper. The documents are about trips to the GDR and the spying on the politician and lawyer in Hamburg.

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This shows that Scholz, as deputy chairman of the Young Socialists, had traveled to the GDR several times at the invitation of the FDJ, reported the “Bild”. Upon entry, the invited delegation did not have to make a forced exchange and passed the border without a customs check. In 1988, the GDR border guards at the Friedrichstrasse station had received instructions in advance to “polite clearance”.

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GDR: Stasi spied on Olaf Scholz in Hamburg

Daniela Münkel, Head of Research at the Stasi Records Archive, told the newspaper: “Main Department XX/2 of the Stasi was responsible for delegations of Western politicians who were invited to the GDR by the Central Council of the FDJ. This also applied to the trips that Olaf Scholz undertook with a group of Jusos in the 1980s to the GDR.”

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At the same time, the GDR foreign espionage observed Scholz in Hamburg, writes “Bild”. West agents of the Stasi with the aliases “Kugel”, “Gustav”, “Giesbert”, “Konrad”, “Holm”, “Heine” and “Udo” reported that between 1978 and 1987 Olaf Scholz and his Juso- Activity reported in Hamburg. The young Olaf Scholz was observed by the East German state security in the 1980s. (archive image)

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According to information from the electronic SIRA database of the Stasi headquarters, the GDR spy “Kugel”, who was unmasked in 1993, provided at least twelve reports with references to Scholz.

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“The SIRA datasets, in which Olaf Scholz and other members of the Jusos are named, are about information about the Hamburg Jusos association and the general political currents and disputes within the Jusos at federal level in the 1980s,” said Münkel Newspaper. (dpa/mp).