December 7, 2019: of course, I did not know any of this. See comments --
Merkel is rom East Berlin.
"In 1968, Merkel joined the Free German Youth (FDJ), the official communist youth movement sponsored by the ruling Marxist–Leninist Socialist Unity Party of Germany.Membership was nominally voluntary, but those who did not join found it difficult to gain admission to higher education."
Born in Hamburg, family moved to E Berlin when Father took a pastorate in Lutheran church there.
I don't think she shares the same view of the Holocaust as most folks in the West do.
This tells me all I need to know about Merkel: