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German government to consider new law on crimes of former GDR

German government to consider new law on crimes of former GDR

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Justice Minister Katarina Barley, who submitted the draft legislation, said this in an interview with RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND).

“An extension to official probes into the backgrounds of public servants to assess their role in the former East German Stasi secret service is also on the table,’’ Barley noted.

Between 1949 and 1990, almost 500,000 children and teenagers were relocated into state-run homes, including some 135,000 placed in youth labour camps, often as punishment for the political views of their parents.

The children were subjected to reeducation, indoctrinating them into socialist ideology.

A proposed law to be considered on Wednesday by the cabinet will relax requirements for children sent to a state-run home to prove it was politically motivated.

It will also indefinitely extend a deadline for filing requests for compensation, which was due to run out at the end of this year.

“The work of rehabilitating victims of political persecution is still not finished.

“It is our collective responsibility to stand on the side of the victims,” Barley said.

RND reported that the draft law would also extend investigations into public servants for their potential Stasi background until 2030.

According to the government, such investigations had great significance for the restoration of trust and integrity of citizens in public office.

Authorities received 167 requests in 2018 to review the Stasi files of civil servants and another 446 for people who hold a public mandate.

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