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Podcast 36: New Facts Emerge in Ohnesorg Killing

A Der Spiegel investigation reveals that Benno Ohnesorg might have been deliberately killed.

10-9-1972 Watch Out Here is a Lotta Bull – Der Spiegel

This article appeared in Der Spiegel on October 8, 1972. It is the first person account of Connie Konieczny, who had been a member of the Baader-Meinhof group briefly during their most intense and violent period. PDF: 10-9-1972WatchOutHereIsALottaBull – Der Spiegel – German Google English Translation Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Help clean up this bizarre, robot-like translation! [read all]

12-21-1972 Violent Crime Wave Stirs Debate in Germany (NY Times)

A New York Times article detailing recent violence attributed to the Baader-Meinhof Gang. PDF: 12-21-1972 Violent Crime Wave Stirs Debate in Germany

Peter Homann

Peter Homann was a journalist and friend of Ulrike Meinhof in the late 1960s. After Meinhof helped free Andreas Baader from police custody in May of 1970, Homann traveled with the new terror group to Jordan for guerrilla training. While in Jordan, Homann learned that other in the group suspect him of being a traitor, [read all]

Karl-Heinz Ruhland

Ruhland was an employee at Eric Grusdat’s West Berlin auto shop. Soon after members of the gang returned from training in Jordan late in 1970, they approached Grusdat and Ruhland to join up with the gang. Ruhland participated in the triple bank robbery on 6 October 1970, as well as other actions, but he never [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]

BMW / Brand Terror

[flowplayer src= splash=] In the early 1970s, the automaker BMW’s brand was symbiotically linked to left-wing terrorism in the company’s native West Germany. BMW/Brand Terror explores how BMW came to be connected to terror. BMWs became so strongly associated with terrorism that a common joke emerged among Germans: “BMW” didn’t stand for “Bavarian Motor Works” [read all]