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Build up the Red Army! – June 2, 1970 (English)

This communiqué, delivered to the the radical underground newspaper Agit 883 on June 2, 1970, appeared three weeks after the rescue of Andreas Baader from police custody. Significantly, it also appeared three years to the day after Benno Ohnesorg was shot and killed at a Berlin demonstration. It was probably written by Ulrike Meinhof shortly before the gang traveled [read all]

Agit 883 Nr. 16

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 14

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 13

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 12

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 11

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 9

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 8

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 7

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 6

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 5

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 4

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 3

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 2

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 1

A PDF file of an edition of the seminal radical underground Berlin newspaper Agit 883, which operated concurrently with the early years of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Group.

Agit 883 Nr. 62 excerpt: “Build up the Red Army!”

This edition of Agit 883 is notable for a  full page article, written by Ulrike Meinhof  (within weeks of her helping break Andreas Baader from police custody) and submitted anonymously to Agit 883, which was printed alongside a note from the editors encouraging readers to react and respond to the article through letters to the [read all]

Interview with Director Bruce LaBruce

Director Bruce LaBruce uses the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon as a jumping-off point to explore the commodification of the German radical terrorist movement in his latest film “The Raspberry Reich.” After a successful circuit of many of the world’s most famous film festivals, including Sundance, the Berlinale, and the Seattle International Film Festival, “This is Baader-Meinhof” creator [read all]

The Urban Guerrilla and Class Struggle – April 1972 (German)

This is more or less the official internal history and manifesto of the Red Army Faction. It was written by Ulrike Meinhof with heavy editing by Gudrun Ensslin. Some sources list this document as having appeared in April of 1972, while others indicate that it appeared in 1974, while all of the leadership was jailed. [read all]

The Concept Urban Guerrilla – April 1971 (German)

This communiqué first appeared in April of 1971 and was written partially in response to an essay written by former Red Army Faction leader Horst Mahler. Mahler, in prison at the time, had written an essay purporting to explain the position of the RAF and urban guerrillas in general. The RAF disagreed vociferously with Mahler’s [read all]

Build up the Red Army! – June 2, 1970 (German)

This communiqué, delivered to the the radical underground newspaper Agit 883 on June 2, 1970, appeared three weeks after the rescue of Andreas Baader from police custody. Significantly, it also appeared three years to the day after Benno Ohnesorg was shot and killed at a Berlin demonstration. It was probably written by Ulrike Meinhof shortly before the gang traveled [read all]

January 10, 1972 Federal Republic of Germany

Der Spiegel publishes a letter by future Nobel laureate Heinrich Böll, in which he decries the Springer Press’s Bild newspaper for a recently published headline accusing the Baader-Meinhof Gang of murder. The Bild headline referred to the shooting of police officer Herbert Schoner on December 20. Böll says that Bild’s Baader-Meinhof coverage “Isn’t cryptofascist anymore, [read all]

Chapter 11 — The Most Dangerous Game

July 1971 – January 1972, 19 pages: The relative mass support for the gang will shrink considerably over the next few months. Chapter 11 will show the Baader-Meinhof Gang turning deadly. In Hamburg a cop, Sergeant Norbert Schmid, is killed while attempting to arrest a gang member. In early December a member of Movement 2 [read all]

June 2 1970, Federal Republic

Agit 883, a leftist underground newspaper in West Berlin, prints a communiqué claiming credit for securing Baader’s release from prison. Titled “Build up the Red Army!” and probably written by Ulrike Meinhof, the communiqué is the first time that the group uses the term “Red Army,” which later would give rise to their official name: Red [read all]