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Old September 10th, 2015 #8
Robbie Key
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He's not actually German, he is a Jew.

Gysi was born in East Berlin, Soviet Zone of Germany. His father, Klaus Gysi, was a high-ranking official in East Germany, and had been Minister of Culture from 1966 to 1973. His mother, Irene, was the sister of political activist Gottfried Lessing, who was married to the British writer and Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing, during his exile in Southern Rhodesia. The surname "Gysi" is of Swiss-German origin.[2] He is of partial Jewish ancestry; his paternal grandmother was Jewish, as was one of his maternal great-grandfathers.[2][3] One of his maternal great-grandmothers was Russian.[2]