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September 03, 2013 
A combination photo of veteran member of left-wing Die Linke party Helga Ronnger posing for a portrait... 
Bernau, Germany 
Ronnger veteran party member of the Die Linke party 
A combination photo of veteran member of left-wing Die Linke party Helga Ronnger posing for a portrait in her garden in Bernau, outside Berlin, August 29, 2013. The 86-year-old was introduced to politics during her teens by her father, a communist persecuted by the Nazis in the Third Reich. As a 19-year old she sat in the executive committee at the congress that sealed the merger of the communist KPD and the socialist SPD into the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) - the party that governed East Germany until the fall of the Berlin Wall. She dismissed the reunification of the two German states as a usurpation of the socialist East. "And then came the reunification and as you know, they have destroyed everything. This is true, isn't it?" she said in an interview. But the need for a left wing party remains strong, she insists. "The left have always been ostracised, by the Greens, the SPD and the CDU. Things the Die Linke propose in parliament are mostly ignored by other parties. I keep having the feeling that the other parties would like us to disappear. Tough luck though, that's not going to happen," she said. German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel is seeking a third term in a parliamentary election on September 22, 2013. Picture taken August 29. PICTURE 09 FROM A SERIES OF 22 TO ILLUSTRATE ELECTION IN GERMANY 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) 
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