Ibrahim Böhme

Ibrahim Böhme (18 November 1944 in Bad Dürrenberg, Province of Saxony – 22 November 1999) was an East German politician and Stasi informer. Before becoming involved in politics, Böhme had worked numerous different jobs, including as a cook, waiter, bricklayer, teacher, and historian.[1] In the late 1980s he is also known to have been a human rights advocate associated with the Initiative for Peace and Human Rights.

Böhme on 22 February 1990

He was a cofounder of the Social Democratic Party in the GDR in October 1989, and was elected its first full-time chairman at the party's first regular congress in January 1990. He led the party to second place in East Germany's first and only free election, on 18 March 1990, and was slated to be a senior minister in the grand coalition led by Lothar de Maizière.

While coalition talks were underway, the weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported on 24 March 1990 that Böhme had been an informer for the Stasi since 1969. He had infiltrated opposition circles in East Berlin in 1985. Although Böhme denied this, he was forced to resign on 1 April. He was expelled from the Social Democratic Party in 1992 for "serious party-damaging behavior". Böhme was one of many East German citizens to have been discovered to be Stasi informants during the Communist era, sometimes ruining personal relationships as well as careers.

In 1992 a book about Böhme titled Comrade Judas: The Two Lives of Ibrahim Böhme, written by Birgit Lahann [de], was published in Germany.[2]

Ibrahim Böhme died of heart complications in Berlin on 22 November 1999 at the age of 55.[3] He denied the accusations of him being a Stasi informer up to his death.


  1. ^ "The East's rising stars. (East German politicians Ibrahim Bohme, Lothar de Maiziere, Wolfgang Schnur) (Europe)." The Economist (US) 314.n7645 (March 10, 1990): p.p54(1).
  2. ^ Lahann, Birgit (1992). Genosse Judas, die zwei Leben des Ibrahim Böhme. Berlin: Rowohlt. ISBN 3-87134-046-4.
  3. ^ "Die DDR im WWW. Aktuelle Kamera. Personen. Manfred "Ibrahim" Böhme tot. Meldung vom 22.11.1999". 9 December 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09.


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