The Baader-Meinhof Gang Petra Schelm

Born in August 1950, Petra Schelm, a Berlin hairdresser, traveled to the Jordan desert for guerrilla training after the freeing of Andreas Baader from police custody in May of 1970. Schelm had joined the group with her boyfriend Manfred Grashof.

Schelm was killed in a shoot-out with Hamburg police. Her death caused shockwaves throughout Germany as many Germans found themselves horrified at the death of the young “innocent” hairdresser.