Red Army Faction (RAF)

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Watch The Baader-Meinhof Complex: An true account of events of the major, first generation RAF members Ulricke Meinhof, Andreas Baader, and Gudrun Ensslin in the late 60’s and 70’s . The first generation RAF was seen as a  group of critical thinkers who saw Germany reaching a social, political and economic low in the 60’s and early 70’s when new fascist threats on Germany resulted from its close ties with America and their imperialist war in Vietnam. The group reaches a point where critical reflection on such issues had become ‘theoretical masturbation’ and was no longer beneficial. Action was needed to protect the people in West Germany at the time. Carrying out expropriation, breaking comrades out of prison, and torching stores to protest the apathy with which people sit back and watch the horrors in Vietnam, eventually pigeon holes them into the tight hold of the law, becoming political prisoners. The delibrately brutal treatment of political prisoners is well depicted. The rise of following RAF generations that follows when the 1st generation is imprisoned was also well depicted, as the 2nd and 3rd generation RAF members contradict all main policies of the RAF and smear the reputation of the original RAF. The original group members, (Meinhof, Baader, Ensslin, a few others) are left vulnerable and unable to defend themselves imprisoned, which allowed for they’re hard work and dedication to the people to be discredited and their reputations skewed into being violent terrorists.

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