Fresh off his visit to Berlin, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had visits, meetings and ceremonies with more than a few of Europe’s most powerful movers and shakers.
Even though she’s no longer the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel very well may have been one of those figures that met with Zelenskyy. Even though the video below is from 2019, it’s still curious as to her uncontrollable shaking.
Now I already realize that Zelenskyy and literally all of Ukraine is taking heat from certain quarters due to a certain militia unit, specifically the Nazi-aligned Azov Battalion, who have officially been recognized by the Kyiv government as allies in the fight against the Russian invaders.
I also realize that I’m being a bit of a smart-ass, but is Merkel’s quite visible body tremors because the Ukrainian-Jewish guy standing next to her doesn’t really mind EVERY Ukrainian, regardless of political persuasion, will fight against every single Neo-Stalinist on Ukrainian soil? *Sarcasm, off*
Wait, what? Merkel isn’t Russian… she’s German, right?
Yeah, she’s German. Prior to re-unification, she was from Communist East Germany (Deutsche Demokratische Republik). Not only that, a young Merkel was quite active in the Marxist-Leninist organization, Free German Youth (Freie Deutsche Jugend).
Fairly recently, it was disclosed that not only was she a member of FDJ, she was also their Secretary for Agitation and Propaganda.
Gerald Warner of the British-based news site Reaction.com has some quite interesting revelations regarding Merkel’s young Communist days (emphasis mine);
Horst Kasner, a Protestant pastor of strongly leftist convictions, voluntarily moved from capitalist Hamburg to East Germany, taking with him his wife and weeks-old daughter Angela. Today that infant is the embattled acting Chancellor of Germany.
To come anywhere near understanding the enigma that is Angela Merkel it is necessary to explore her early life as a Communist activist in East Germany. Among the photo-shopped images of her displayed online, satirically portraying her in Nazi uniform, there is one genuine photograph.
It shows her wearing the uniform of the Freie Deutsche Jugend (FDJ), the East German Communist equivalent of the Hitler Youth or Soviet Young Pioneers, in company with other members of the GDR nomenklatura.
Merkel was seldom interrogated about her Communist past for most of her political career: in Germany, too many people have sensitive histories involving personal or family service of one form of totalitarianism or another for such questioning to be considered good form. Merkel admitted to her former FDJ involvement, but insisted her activities were purely “cultural”, involving mainly the purchase of theatre tickets.
In 2013, however, a new biography, “The First Life of Angela M”, exposed her as the former FDJ Secretary for Agitation and Propaganda (“Agitprop”) at the Academy of Sciences in East Berlin.
Agitprop was at the sharp end of the ideological war, involving the aggressive inculcation of Marxism-Leninism among her colleagues. It would never have been entrusted to a lukewarm Communist. Theatre tickets, anyone?
As a schoolgirl, Merkel took pains to learn fluent Russian – she could be seen learning vocabulary even while waiting at the bus stop – and at age 15 won the local Russian language “Olympics”.
This was an obvious indication of her ambition: learning the language of East Germany’s Soviet masters would be of considerable advantage in pursuing a career in the Communist hierarchy.