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Jahn-authority: the Stasi come to the Federal archives

For the millions of rescued Stasi-documents, photos and films will be in the Federal archives responsible. Whether and in what Form it will give the current Jahn-authority, is still open.

After nearly three decades of the Stasi-documents authority a basic tag. The legacies of the GDR-state security and rescue service permanently, will be incorporated founded in 1990, the authority in the Federal archives of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi documents, Roland Jahn, announced at the presentation of the activity report.

"Through the bundling, we want to ensure the long-term backup of the files," said Jahn. Under the umbrella of the Federal archives will in the future set up a separate area with the name of the "Stasi archives". The specific tasks of today's Stasi to authority documents.

Roland Jahn was commissioned in 2016 by the Bundestag with the development of a new concept for the Stasi records authority.

centre of competence in Berlin, twelve

On the site of the former Stasi Headquarters in Berlin-Lichtenberg is to be established a competence centre with workshops for restoration and digitisation of the Stasi files. In addition to the Stasi documents in the holdings of the Central East German authorities, the archive of the SED and the mass organizations of the GDR and the library of the Foundation of the party and the mass organisations of the GDR are to be accommodated.

to date, twelve field offices of the Stasi records authority in the Eastern countries will be reduced to an archive location per state. There, the files are to be stored in newly built or rebuilt or brought into air-conditioned buildings archive. At the other locations, Information, consulting, application, and files should, however, continue to be offered insight.

No job cuts planned

About the concept, the developed Jahn, together with the President of the Federal archives, Michael Hollmann, that is, in the last instance, the German Bundestag to decide. Jahn and Hollmann insured, the right to access to Files will stay for 30 years after the fall of the wall unchanged and successes continue on the Basis of the Stasi records act.

according to The draft, there would be no Federal Commissioner for the Stasi records. Job cuts are expected, according to Hollmann otherwise, but no. The schedule is consequently determined by the Bundestag.

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