Umlaut are stored as unicode characters in database

We setup a german speaking chatbot. The html webside, pyhton3 and the mysql database have all been setup to utf8. The website also displays them correctly. However, the umlaut characters (ä, ü etc) are stored in the database as unicode characters as code \u… As we need the database contents for further verification we need the umlaut characters to be stored correctly in the db. We can not figure out where this goes wrong. Entering the umlaut directly in the database works though. (Raza Version 1.4.3)

Thx, Uli