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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Der Baader Meinhof Komplex. They were young, they collapsed. The RAF - also 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 helped 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.
Everything must go. The gun spake. 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 murdered 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 Baader 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.
The 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 do with the previous chapters. One chapter might take place in and the next in and the next in A chapter might be two pages about a person who gets mentioned once probably 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 radical 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 he 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. Also, 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. Mar 04, George K. Having recently seen the German movie based on this book, I wanted to learn more about events I barely am able to remember.
The movie is very faithful to the book. In this telling, we can glimpse the rise of the Big Brother surveillance state, as well as modern techniques for negotiating in hostage situations ie never give them anything. Even modern prison systems seem designed to prevent things that happened with the Red Army Faction members while imprisoned. Also, there is always a stock cha Having recently seen the German movie based on this book, I wanted to learn more about events I barely am able to remember.
In this book, when they need guns, the police spy says, I can get you guns. When bombs are mentioned, the police spy says I can teach you how to build bombs. All in all this is a fascinating book, a look at recent history that reaches back to World War II, and also has great relevance for today. 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 ranks through an embrace of violent means. The RAF managed to unleash a wave 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 sophistication. 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 and violence come into play. The subject was very interesting, but the book is only so-so. The author knew some of the late terrorists personally, but 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.
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
The film is based on the German best selling non-fiction book of the same name by Stefan Aust. RAF from to Angered at his policies in governing Iran, members of the German student movement protest his appearance. Ohnesorg's death outrages West Germany, including left wing journalist Ulrike Meinhof , who claims in a televised debate that the democratically elected government of West Germany is a Fascist police state. While covering their trial, Ulrike Meinhof finds herself deeply moved by their commitment to armed struggle against what they see as a Neo-Nazi Government. She secures a jailhouse interview with Ensslin and the two strike up a close friendship. Soon after, Meinhof leaves her husband for Peter Homann.
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I, Marcia C. By clicking on the respective image, you will be directed to the location of the original. The most comprehensive book centered on the history and analysis of the Red Army Faction was written by Stephan Aust in The author worked with Ulrike Meinhof together at the magazine konkret from to He followed her development from protest to resistance and ultimately to terrorism while working for konkret and the NDR North German Broadcasting Agency. English version: Aust, Stefan translated by Anthea Bell Baader-Meinhof Group.