When West Germany annexed East Germany, what happened with the Government structure in the East? For example, were the police, judiciary system and executive branch in the East simply renamed, created from scratch, or merged and their members verified? If verified, how was the verification done?
- The GDR had a post-communist government for about a year. They did disassemble much of the political security apparatus and also acted to prevent the destruction of some documents.
- The vetting of personnel was done through the Stasi Records Agency.
- The more senior police, military, judiciary, and administrators were pensioned. Their pensions were much less than comparable West German officials would get, but they got some money in D-Mark (and later Euros). It is anybody's guess how the purchasing power compares with what the GDR would have paid in Ostmark.
- Juniors could stay on, but their careers slowed down. Recently a former Volksarmee officer made General in the unified German army -- two decades after Reunification.