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View all 5 comments. They were young, they collapsed. The RAF – baadre referred to as the Baader-Meinhof group – seems to me a desperate yet affectionate bunch of terrorists.
In short, a very charismatic leader – Andreas Baader – met Gudrun Ensslin – a preacher’s daughter – and gelled together politically and as lovers.
They adopted the feel of the changing times and extreme frustration over the fact that a lot of people talked but did nothing.
They started fires in German department stores and conspired further. I think the very moment they recruited Ulrike Meinhof, at the time a respected and well-known political reporter and documentary film-maker, as she meinbof to spring Baader from custody and in the process killing a security guard, is the breaking-point where all was let loose for the RAF.
From there, they went underground. And they went abroad, making sure that Baader-Ensslin could rule the band and that very little that was critique against them could escape unhurt – and that went both for people on the inside and the outside.
The author does a splendid job at remaining fairly objective while binding facts to the RAF’s belief-system, thus creating a bird’s-eye view of the entire matter. The book is mostly chronologically written, but starts off with the Stannheim deaths in a very strong way.
Did the German government wire-tap the prisoners’ cells during the night of their deaths? Did they in fact allow the guns that killed some of the prisoners to be imported? Did they know of a suicide pact and totally failed to prevent it? Were the prisoners in fact meinhor or did they commit suicide?
We’ll probably never know. Aust has also been involved with the screenwriting for the film with the same name as this book, which I think is very good too.
The book, however, delves a lot deeper and especially exposes Kompled as a more two-faced and hypocritical person than I think the film did.
All in all, this is a thoroughly interesting book which could be considered great company with Olivier Assayas’ great three-piece documentary on Carlos Sanchez, titelled “Carlos”. Jan 29, K. I’d been eyeballing this book for months and decided to pick it up after I saw the movie which was good, too, but left me with a ton of questions. The book itself answered a ton of questions, but it was terribly difficult to get through.
There is an overall sense of linear narrative, but the book seemed to bounce back and forth between di I’d been eyeballing this book for months and decided to pick it up after I saw the movie which was good, too, but left me with a ton of questions. Plus, the translation leaves a bit to be desired in places. But all-in-all a good and interesting read. I grew up with protests against the Vietnam War and with radical leftist organizations like the Weathermen and the RAF.
Kommplex RAF were perhaps a little more mysterious because they were in far off and, at the time, divided Germany so I was always interested in them. When I discovered this book by Stefan Aust I was excited about the opportunity to read it. I was soon very disappointed.
The main problem is that there is no structure to the book. There is no logical flow that makes this history of the RAF coherent. After struggling through the beginning of the book, I felt like there were pieces to the puzzle all over the place but no coherent image of what the puzzle looks like.
The first pages included more than 40 chapters. Each chapter reads like a brief essay that may or may not have anything to baaded with the previous chapters. One chapter might take place in and the next in and the next in A chapter might be budh pages about a person who gets mentioned once buchh five pages earlier and then not mentioned again.
The biographical essays tell virtually nothing about a person other than straight facts but really give no help in figuring out how they ended up in a bqader leftist terrorist group. As a side note, there are many characters who are mentioned occasionally so a cast of characters such as found on Wikipedia could have been helpful.
Also, a map showing the key cities and towns mentioned and their relationship to East and West Germany would also have been helpful. Also, the author mentions Berlin quite often without making it clear if meknhof is talking about East or West Berlin.
This could have been a very interesting, perhaps even a great book. There is plenty of good information scattered around the book.
Baade, a better translator who could assist the American reader would have been helpful not everyone will know that the GDR is East Germany — it has been nearly 20 years since Germany was reunified. The great book on the history of the RAF is still waiting to be written. Meanwhile I would avoid this book unless you have a true thirst for knowledge on this topic and are willing to put up with the poor structure and writing.
Meticulously researched to the point of nearly drowning within the chaos of the terrorist activities of the Red Army Faction. This is a riveting account of how the idealism of opposing the rise of the right wing in s and s West Germany began to emulate the same atrocities and intolerance within its own komlpex through an embrace of violent means. The RAF managed to unleash a kommplex of crime that forced the German authorities to modernize their means of investigation and prosecution.
And for Meticulously researched to the point of nearly drowning within the chaos of the terrorist activities of the Red Army Faction. And for much of the time the RAF – unorganized as they were – managed to hold the upper hand with their ubch.
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex by Stefan Aust
Ultimately, each side of this conflict developed into the monster they imagined their opponent to be. One’s sympathies become profoundly mixed while reading this account. It becomes hard to understand such conviction within such a sea of gray. The questions that remain unanswered at the end are deeply troubling and thought provoking. A good read for understanding how messy political struggle becomes when power kmplex violence come into play.
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The subject was very interesting, but the book is only so-so. The author knew some of baadef late jomplex personally, buxh he decided to make a kind of exhaustive document with all the small facts. That’s not why I read such a book. I want to know about the broad developments instead of tiny facts. Explain how Baader and Koomplex came to the point of launching attacks against the state. Skip the tiny facts, skip most of the court stuff and get closer to the people. It’s hard to read the book and ke The subject was very interesting, but the book is only so-so.
It’s hard to read the book and keep track of big developments. Aug 29, Hamuel Sunter rated it it was ok. Whatever quality Baader-Meinhof had that so bucb a generation’s imagination Aust fails to put into words.
His squeamishness toward the details of ideology and his prudish streak made him a particularly bad chronicler. I enjoyed learning that Steppenwolf had as outsize an komplexx on the members of the RAF as it did on me. Aug 19, Philipp rated it it was amazing Shelves: As you may expect, one of the most complete books you can get on history of meinhf German Red Army Faction, but also on the political atmosphere that led to its creation, and the subsequent panic of the German state. The focus is on the first RAF generation thus the title and especially on Baader and Baader’s extremely manipulative meinohf.
Aust more famous as baadef been the editor-in-chief for the SPIEGEL for 14 years kept on returning to this book in subsequent editions adding new knowl As you may expect, one of the most complete books you can get on history of the German Red Army Faction, but also on the political atmosphere that led to its creation, and the subsequent panic of the German state.
Aust more famous as having been the editor-in-chief for the SPIEGEL for 14 years kept on returning to this book in subsequent editions adding new knowledge. The last edition is from Even 40 years after Baader, Ensslin, and Raspe killed themselves there is still a lot that is unclear, a lot of knowledge that is locked away in secret government files.
For example, in the end of the book Aust speculates on why the RAF’s prison’s security was so tremendously lax to allow weapons and communication technology into the prison, Aust focuses on the circumstantial evidence that the prison cells were bugged by Germany, which leads to the question as to why the terrorists kpmplex not stopped from killing themselves.
There is so much curios stuff happening in this book I never heard about – did you know that there were a few other anti-system terrorist organisations at the time? Like the ‘Sozialistischer Patientenkollektiv’, an organisation of mental health patients and their doctors that was sure that mental illness is a product of an baaader system, so the system should be destroyed with violence. A lot of this book reads more like a novel than a non-fiction book on German politics – plane abductions!
Palestine terrorist training camps! Self-built cell-to-cell communication devices! There is another interesting detail with this – the German state thought there were about dangerous RAF members at the time in Germany, similar to what I now hear on Islamistic terrorists.
In the case of the RAF the real number turned out to be closer to The other interesting thing is to see how often Germany’s Verfassungsschutz was present in the early violence of the far left in the 70s, even supplying Molotov cocktails, bomb instructions and plans, i. This is now being echoed in the NSU scandal, where it looks like the same office helped a Neonazi terrorist cell in murdering of foreigners, see Wikipedia.