Baader-Meinhof: In Love With Terror


Baader-Meinhof: In Love With Terror

  • UK
  • 69
  • STC
  • Ben Lewis

Students around the world took to the streets during the Vietnam war years and most of the protests were characterized by love-in pacifism and flower power activism, except in West Germany, where the resistance was particularly bloody and extreme. Attempting a communist revolution in one of the world’s richest democracies, the left wing Red Army Faction (a.k.a. Baader-Meinhof gang) was born. This small but influential urban guerilla movement, led by the charismatic and Manson-like Andreas Baader and his sidekick Ulrike Meinhof, waged a 25-month reign of terror and violence against the ‘pig system.’ The result? Scores of people dead (including Germany’s leading industrialist Hanns-Martyn Schleyer) and the hijacking of a Lufthansa jet. Stylishly crafted and composed of interviews with several of the group’s members and West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, the film brings up an interesting question: Was it the young Germans’ intense guilt about their country’s past that influenced their violent uprising against the state? Chris McDonald.

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