Australian Left Review


Horst Mahler


The "Red Army Faction" or "Baader- Meinhof gang* as it was generally called, caused a series of sensations in West Germany in the middle-seventies. Their actions included kidnappings, bombings, robberies and various raids for political ends. A number of their main leaders died in prison in circumstances which led to controversy as to whether they committed suicide or were murdered. Horst Mahler, a former member of the group, was interviewed earlier this year in the Italian Communist weekly Rinascita. He discussed why such a group arose in a country like the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), what their motives were and why they became isolated.



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