She said: "When I was a student, back in the 80s, I spent a term at the Karl Marx University
Leipzig, in what was then East Germany.
Happily we can all be reassured that comrade Luo Gan was educated in engineering at the Karl Marx University
in the former East Germany where he then spent eight years working in a steel factory.
One of them is Juergen Grubitzsch, one of the last two of the dozen communist-era teachers of journalism at Karl Marx University, now Leipzig University.
Tiedke, 40, was for most of his professional life a popular professor of journalism at Karl Marx University and like Grubitzsch has earned a doctorate.
Though a Western newsman disparaged Karl Marx University as "the hatching station for communist press cadres" - it produced half the editors and writers for the party - Grubitzsch feels that Tiedke was a thoughtful lecturer who wanted his students to look critically at the problems of the East German media and "analyzed those problems, trying to improve the system.
The consequences of that election are described in the following interview, by HENRY HELLER, with Peter Bihari formerly a lecturer in the economics faculty of Karl Marx University
who is at present lecturing at the University of Manitoba and York University.