The head of Germany's state-held Stasi archive, Marianne Birthler, said she had documents to prove the MPs had worked as "inoffizielle mitarbeiter" (unofficial collaborators). The public had a right to know which MPs had collaborated, she said, adding: "It's a question of trust."
The revelation came as the Left party held its first meeting as a parliamentary group after Sunday's inconclusive general election. It is made up of members from the Party of Democratic Socialism, the successor to East Germany's Communist party, and a new west German leftwing alliance, the Workers and Social Justice party. It won 8.7% of the vote, coming second in eastern Germany.
独シュタージ・アーカイヴ所長 Marianne Birthler 氏は、少なくとも7人の左派政党議員が、「非正規協力者」（inoffizielle mitarbeiter、unofficial collaborators）として、シュタージの活動に協力していた、と語った。「誰がシュタージに協力していたのか、私たちは知るべきである」。
GDR Secret Police Spied on Future Pope [Deutsche Welle]
From April 1974 until the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, the feared Ministry for State Security kept close tabs on the then theology professor Joseph Ratzinger, according to documents from the so-called Stasi archives printed Sunday in the weekly Bild am Sonntag.
"Ratzinger is seen at the Vatican as one of the staunchest opponents of communism," a Stasi spy noted in his file after the late John Paul II named Ratzinger prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1981. The report said the Stasi also attempted in vain to unearth damaging documents from Ratzinger's involvement in the Hitler Youth under the Third Reich.
Report: Former East Germans spied on pope [boston.com]
Further excerpts showed the Stasi had failed in its 1981 search of old Nazi-era records to find any indication that Ratzinger had been involved with the Nazi party.
"Documents on R. from the time before May 8, 1945 are not available," the files state, referring to him by only his initial.
Ratzinger has said he was unwillingly enrolled in the Hitler Youth as a teenager. Near the end of the war he was later drafted into the German army and deserted without seeing combat. American forces took him prisoner, but released him after several weeks.
Bild am Sonntag said Benedict had personally granted it the right to reproduce parts of the files. Vatican officials declined Sunday to comment on the report.
Ratzinger was so closely followed that the Stasi was able to predict his being named prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith -- the post he held before being named pope -- two years before it happened in 1981.