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Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy The files of the Ministry for State Security (MfS) of the former GDR will be kept by the Federal Archives. The German Bundestag today decided to change the Federal Archives Act and the Stasi Records Act accordingly. In addition, from June 2021 there will be a federal commissioner for the victims of the SED dictatorship. In addition, the Parliamentary State Secretary and commissioner of the federal government for the new federal states, Marco Wanderwitz: “The transfer of the Stasi files to the federal archive takes care of 30 years after reunification the permanent security and accessibility of the documents. That’s a good thing. Because these files should continue to provide information about the injustice inflicted on some citizens in the GDR “by the state”. In this context, it is also good that with the new Federal Commissioner, the victims of the SED dictatorship are given a voice that can be heard over the long term. ”The draft law provides that the files of the Ministry for State Security (MfS) of the former GDR are in the area of ​​responsibility of the Federal Archives. The right to inspect files for all citizens, which is a globally unique achievement and a role model for many other countries, remains guaranteed. The retention of the Stasi Records Act as a separate law outside of the Federal Archives Act will ensure the independence of the Stasi records within the Federal Archives in the future as well Rostock, where the documents are kept according to their origin. In addition, branch offices are to be set up in Chemnitz, Cottbus, Dresden, Gera, Magdeburg, Neubrandenburg, Schwerin and Suhl. At the end of the term of office of the current Stasi documents commissioner Roland Jahn in June 2021, his post will become a federal commissioner for the victims of the SED dictatorship German Bundestag further developed. The draft law expressly provides for its cooperation with the Federal Government Commissioner for the new federal states.


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