The Red Army Faction: A Documentary History, Volume 1: Projectiles for the People

The Red Army Faction: A Documentary History, Volume 1: Projectiles for the People

J. Smith, André Moncourt

the 1st in a two-volume sequence, this is often by way of some distance the main in-depth political background of the pink military Faction ever made on hand in English.

Projectiles for the People begins its tale within the days following international battle II, displaying how American imperialism labored hand in glove with the outdated pro-Nazi ruling category, shaping West Germany into an authoritarian anti-communist bulwark and launching pad for its aggression opposed to 3rd global international locations. the amount additionally recounts the competition that emerged from intellectuals, communists, self reliant leftists, and then—explosively—the radical scholar move and countercultural riot of the 1960s.

It used to be from this rebel that the crimson military Faction emerged, an underground association dedicated to engaging in armed assaults in the Federal Republic of Germany, within the view of creating a convention of unlawful, guerilla resistance to imperialism and country repression. via its bombs and manifestos the RAF faced the country with competition at a degree many activists at the present time may perhaps locate tough to imagine.

For the 1st time ever in English, this quantity offers all the manifestos and communiqués issued through the RAF among 1970 and 1977, from Andreas Baader’s legal holiday, throughout the 1972 may well Offensive and the 1975 hostage-taking in Stockholm, to the determined, and tragic, occasions of the “German Autumn” of 1977. The RAF’s 3 major manifestos—The city Guerilla Concept, Serve the People, and Black September—are integrated, as are vital interviews with Spiegel and le Monde Diplomatique, and a few communiqués and courtroom statements explaining their actions.

Providing the historical past info that readers would require to appreciate the context during which those occasions happened, separate thematic sections care for the 1976 homicide of Ulrike Meinhof in felony, the 1977 Stammheim murders, the large use of mental operations and false-flag assaults to discredit the guerilla, the state’s use of sensory deprivation torture and isolation wings, and the prisoners’ resistance to this, wherein they encouraged their very own supporters and others at the left to make the leap into progressive action.

Drawing on either mainstream and circulate assets, this ebook is meant as a contribution to the comrades of today—and to the comrades of tomorrow—both as testimony to people who struggled earlier than and as a proof as to how they observed the area, why they made the alternatives they made, and the associated fee they have been made to pay for having performed so.

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