Ulrike Meinhof

Young journalist, around 1964.

Ulrike Marie Meinhof (7 October 1934 – 9 May 1976) was a West German far-left militant. She co-founded the Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion or RAF) in 1970, after having worked as a journalist for the monthly left-wing magazine konkret. She was arrested in 1972, charged with numerous murders and the formation of a criminal association. In 1976, before the trial concluded, Meinhof was found hanged in her prison cell. The official statement claimed that Meinhof had committed suicide; however, several facts led to public controversy about her death.  … The attempted assassination of student activist Rudi Dutschke on 11 April 1968 provoked Meinhof to write an article in konkret demonstrating her increasingly militant attitude and containing perhaps her best-known quote: Protest is when I say this does not please me. / Resistance is when I ensure what does not please me occurs no more. Later that year, her writings on arson attacks in Frankfurt as protests against the Vietnam War resulted in her developing an acquaintance with the perpetrators, most significantly Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin. She stopped writing for konkret which had in her opinion evolved into a completely commercial magazine in the early part of 1969, and many other authors followed her. She stated that neither she nor her collaborators wanted to give a left-wing alibi to the magazine that sooner or later ‘would become part of the counter-revolution, a thing that I cannot gloss over with my co-operation, especially now that it is impossible to change its course’. Later, they organised an occupation at konkrets office (along with several members of the Außerparlamentarische Opposition), to distribute proclamations to the employees, something that failed since Röhl learned about it, and moved the employees to their homes to continue their work from there. Finally, Röhl’s house was vandalised by some of the protesters. Meinhof arrived in Röhl’s villa at 11:30, after police and journalists had already arrived. She was accused by Röhl (and subsequently described by the media) as the organizer of the vandalism. It was difficult to prove, as she was not there when it happened. …”
Ulrike Meinhof and the RAF
The Tough Legacy of Ulrike Meinhof
YouTube: Ulrike Meinhof interviewed in 1970 (turn on annotations for english translation), Ulrike Meinhof (RAF)
W – The Baader Meinhof Complex
amazon: The Baader Meinhof Complex
YouTube: The Baader Meinhof Complex

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