Red Army Faction – Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Growing up in the generation following the second world war, Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Ulrike Meinhof lead the West German militant Red Army Faction in a series of bombings, kidnappings and assassinations during the 1970s that led to the death of 35 people. Identifying with various leftist and communist causes including anti-imperialism, Maoism, and opposition to the Vietnam War, the group sought a break in their society from what they felt was a continuation of their parents’ generation of fascist government now under the control of what they saw as the American-led capitalist war machine. The group and their leaders in particular gained notoriety in the press and significant popularity amongst the youth of Germany, underscoring the generational divide that seemed to be growing in the shadow Nazi Germany’s defeat and subsequent de-Nazification process.

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Myth of the 20th Century – Episode 215 – Red Army Faction – Der Baader Meinhof Komlpex

— References —

– Hitler’s Children: The Story of Baader-Meinhof Terrorist Gang, Becker (1977)
– The Culture of Narcissism, Lasch (1979)
– Baader-Meinhof: The Inside Story of the R.A.F., Aust (1985)
– The Baader Meinhof Complex, Edel (2008)
– The Red Army Faction: A Documentary History, Vol. 1: Projectiles for the People, Smith (2009)
– Terror – Enemy of the People, Myth of the 20th Century (2020) –
– Four Stages of Marxist Takeover: The Accuracy of Yuri Bezmenov, McKay (2020) –
– In one season of the Dutch version of “Survivor”.. –

4 Comments Add yours

  1. curri says:

    You should have included Roots of Radicalism: Jews, Christians, and the New Left by Rothman and Lichter in the references to illustrate the fake left in the US at its peak.


  2. Mason Stevens says:

    Adam, when you came back at the end and added a bit, I’d say to you: what Nick was saying is that the result of the treatment of Germans led to the behavior of this group, and that behavior FUNCTIONED in their society the way that a fascist group wouldve. It certainly didn’t elicit the response from others that explicitly neo-fascist actions would’ve, but it did result from misplaced fascistic motivations amongst this post war generation of kids. Their heads were filled with anti reich propaganda, however those very same heads naturally yearned for a fascist response. The causes of their actions were certainly from the same sources that caused fascist movements prior to their being a global apparatus of anti fascism. Had they been born a generation earlier, they would have been the “true believers” that one of you guys referred to earlier in the show.

    I don’t know if all that makes sense, but it’s just what I would say if I were in this discussion. Loved the episode and I love the perspectives from every one of yall!


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