Baader-Meinhof (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
In the 1970’s, it was not uncommon for German travelers to exit the autobahns (freeways) only to be brought to a dead stop by a cadre of law enforcement officials. Cars waited in line while officers armed with automatic weapons made a thorough search of the passenger compartment, trunk, and undercarriage. This scene was reminiscent of something one might have expected to see in one of Eastern Europe’s police states. The West German government found such drastic measures necessary, however, to counter the most serious internal threat since the rise of Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist Party nearly half a century earlier: the Red Army Faction (RAF).
From 1970 until 1977, this band of armed urban guerrillas terrorized the citizens of West Germany and West Berlin, conducting a series of bank robberies, car thefts, kidnappings, and even murders of public officials. The RAF carried out these attacks in the name of armed revolution against a state that its leaders declared to be nothing more than a corrupt and dictatorial reinstatement of the fascist regime that had led Germany into World War II. Frequently referred to by law-enforcement and political officials as the Baader-Meinhof gang, the group was led by Andreas Baader, a disaffected ne’er-do-well who lived outside the law in order to combat the many social ills he believed were plaguing West Germany and other Western nations. Joining Baader in the inner circle of RAF leaders were Ulrike Meinhof, a...
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