Sorry about the Baader-Meinhof gang. And syndrome.
February 1, 2010 7:46 AM Subscribe
The truth about the gunshot that changed Germany.
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On June 2, 1967, a West Berlin police officer named Karl-Heinz Kurras killed a leftist protester named Benno Ohnesorg. This killing galvanized the West German student movement, and led to a decade of protesting and actual armed conflict (notably by the Red Army Faction
, aka the Baader-Meinhof gang [previously
]). It turns out that the police officer was a member of the Stasi, the infamous East German secret police.
This event is memorably depicted in the 2008 film Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
, and is remembered as the event that set off the '68' movement. My own interest in this may well be attributed to another meaning for "Baader
The revelation last year has led to
interesting discussions about the alternative histories that might have resulted if this fact was learned earlier.