Hitler's Children: The Story of the Baader-Meinhof Terrorist Gang
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First published in 1977 in the US and Britain to universal critical acclaim, Hitler's Children quickly became a world-wide best seller, translated into many other languages, including Japanese. It tells the story of the West German terrorists who emerged out of the 'New Left' student protest movement of the late 1960s. With bombs and bullets they started killing in the name of 'peace'. Almost all of them came from prosperous, educated families. They were 'Hitler's children' not only in that they had been born in or immediately after the Nazi period - some of their parents having been members of the Nazi party - but also because they were as fiercely against individual freedom as the Nazis were. Their declared ideology was Communism. They were beneficiaries of both American aid and the West German economic miracle. Despising their immeasurable gifts of prosperity and freedom, they 'identified' themselves with Third World victims of wars, poverty and oppression, whose plight they blamed on 'Western imperialism'. In reality, their terrorist activity was for no better cause than self-expression. Their dreams of leading a revolution were ended when one after another of them died in shoot-outs with the police, or was blown up with his own bomb, or was arrested, tried, and condemned to long terms of imprisonment. All four leaders of the Red Army Faction (dubbed 'the Baader-Meinhof gang' by journalists) committed suicide in prison.
conditions did improve. Ulrike Meinhof got the company of Gudrun Ensslin at Ossendorf. And at once she stopped the family visits - on the grounds that there was always a guard present, and she could not talk freely - and no longer wrote to her children. After a couple of years had gone by without another letter from their mother, the twins said sadly to Renate, 'Mommy never writes to us any more, not even for our birthday,' The guards had been kind to the children and tried to be friendly with
matter.' Gudrun retorted, 'You have no idea how difficult it is to lay bombs.' Ulrike Meinhof too went on a hunger strike over the Schily inquiry. Baader, imprisoned in Dusseldorf jail, was laid up for a while with a smashed thigh bone. His mother could come and sit beside him. She reported that he was well fed and was reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin (in German). He had cigarettes and other gifts from the Raspberry Reich, and devoured pudding with raspberry juice. He said of Gudrun Ensslin's hunger
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Werner Meinhof had, of course, and he did not abandon the church but was highly critical of it. He left the Oldenburg State Church and attached himelf to a small and ardent group known as the 'Hessische Renitenz' (the 'Hessian Dissent'), which had been formed in 1874, some three years after the inception of the German state under Bismarck, and ever since then had stood against the state control of church affairs. Now that the churches had come so thoroughly under Nazi domination, this firm
committee, expelled Ulrike and Röhl from the SDS in 1960 'for wanting to make the SDS serve the purposes of the Communist Party through the Peace Campaign'. Ulrike and Röhl and the Communist Party. Her interest in politics really began, Röhl claims, with her interest in him; 'her love affair with communism' and her love affair with him were 'the same thing'. Communist literature came her way after her association with Röhl began, and she may have read some of it. She did read a lot of books