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139,302. They were known as the Red Army faction. The Red Army faction embarked on a series of bombings and shoot-outs with the police. Their strategy was to use violence to provoke the state into exposing its true identity. But as the violence escalated, some of the terrorist leaders began to have doubts. (Reality & Nazis & World War II & Memory & Past & Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) The Living Dead I: On the Desperate Edge of Now, BBC 1995
138,533. The members of the Red Army Faction were now planting bombs and robbing banks all across West Germany. They announced that they had now become Moaists, followers of Moa Zedong, and they were going to awaken the popular masses. The government were desperate to catch them. (Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Germany & Gangs: Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head II: Shooting and Fucking are the Same Thing, BBCiplayer 2021
64,425. World War II was only twenty years earlier. Those in charge of the police, the schools, the government – they were the same people who’d been in charge under Nazism. The chancellor, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, had been a Nazi. People started discussing this only in the 60s. We were the first generation since the war, and we were asking our parents questions. Due to the Nazi past, everything bad was compared to the Third Reich. If you heard about police brutality, that was said to be just like the SS. The moment you see your own country as the continuation of a fascist state, you give yourself permission to do almost anything against it. You see your action as the resistance that your parents did not put up. (Gangs: Germany & Heists: Germany & Baader Meinhof) Stefan Aust, author Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
64,423. The Baader-Meinhof Gang drew a measure of support that violent leftists in the United States, like the Weather Underground, never enjoyed. A poll at the time showed that a quarter of West Germans under forty felt sympathy for the gang and one-tenth said they would hide a gang member from the police. Prominent intellectuals spoke up for the gang’s righteousness (as) Germany even into the 1970s was still a guilt-ridden society. When the gang started robbing banks, newscasts compared its members to Bonnie and Clyde. (Andreas) Baader, a charismatic, spoiled psychopath, indulged in the imagery, telling people that his favourite movies were Bonnie and Clyde, which had recently come out, and The Battle of Algiers. The pop poster of Che Guevara hung on his wall, (while) he paid a designer to make a Red Army Faction logo, a drawing of a machine gun against a red star. (Gangs: Germany & Heists: Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) ibid.
64,424. When the film opened in Germany last year, some younger viewers came out of theaters crestfallen that the Red Army Faction members, still mythologized, were such dead-enders. Some who were older complained that the film had made the gang look too attractive. But they were dead-enders, and they were attractive. A film about them, or any other popular terrorist movement, has to account for both facts if it seeks to explain not just their crimes but also their existence. (Gangs: Germany & Heists: Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) Fred Kaplan, The New York Times
64,426. A violent, leftist collective consisting of some 60 people with roots in the revolutionary student movement that swept Europe and the US in 1967-8. Its legacy of self-styled ‘armed resistance’ – assassinations, kidnaps and bombings of the German establishment – has been argued over ever since. The Red Army Faction (RAF), as it formally called itself, was founded in 1970 by Andreas Baader, his girlfriend Gudrun Ensslin (pictured) and Ulrike Meinhof, a left-wing journalist. It started by burning down department stores, then moved on to full-scale terrorism. In ever more brutal attacks, the group killed a total of 34 people, mainly bankers, government officials, their chauffeurs and bodyguards. Thirteen gang members also died. Baader, Meinhof and Ensslin, were arrested in 1972 and prosecuted in 1975. Meinhof killed herself during the gang’s three-year, chaotic trial. (Gangs: Germany & Heists: Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) The Week online article, The Baader Meinhof Gang
20,725. Do you think the Americans are acting out of concern for others? Those pigs only want control of the Middle East oilfields! They couldn’t give a shit if 10,000 people died! (GBH Films & US Empire & Middle East & Gangs: Germany & Heists: Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) The Baader Meinhof Complex 2005 [Der Baader Meinhof Komplex] starring Moritz Bleibtreu & Martina Gedeck & Johanna Wokalek & Nadja Uhl & Simon Licht & Alexandra Maria Lara & Susanne Bormann & Bruno Ganz et al, director Uli Edel
20,726. We did it to protest against the apathy with which people sit back and watch the genocide in Vietnam. (GBH Films & Vietnam & Gangs: Germany & Heists: Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) ibid.
20,727. Free yourself from the system and burn your bridges behind you. (GBH Films & System & Gangs: Germany & Heists: Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) ibid.
20,728. We say the man in uniform is a pig, not a human being. (GBH Films & Police & Gangs: Germany & Heists: Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) ibid. Ulrika
20,729. We fight oppression and injustice with our comrades around the world. (GBH Films & Oppression & Injustice & Gangs: Germany & Heists: Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) ibid.
20,730. Today, three banks in West Berlin were robbed within ten minutes. (GBH Films & Banks & Gangs: Germany & Heists: Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) ibid. news
20,731. We will continue to carry out bombings against judges and prosecutors until they cease violating the rights of political prisoners. (GBH Films & Gangs: Germany & Heists: Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) ibid. statement
20,732. The question is whether terrorism represents a new form of warfare. (GBH Films & Gangs: Germany & Heists: Germany & Gangs: Baader Meinhof) ibid. rozzer