Baader-Meinhof Gang


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Baader-Meinhof Gang

(German ˈbaːdər ˈmainhoːf)
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a group of left-wing West German terrorists, active in the 1970s, who were dedicated to the violent overthrow of capitalist society. Also known as: Red Army Faction
[C20: named after its leading members, Andreas Baader (1943–77) and Ulrike Meinhof (1934–76)]
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Noun1.Baader-Meinhof Gang - a radical left-wing revolutionary terrorist group active in Germany from 1968 until 1977
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Deutschland, FRG, Germany, Federal Republic of Germany - a republic in central Europe; split into East Germany and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990
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Critics of radical chic feminized the notion with the (admittedly clever) label "Prada Meinhof"--a play on the alternative appellation for RAF's first generation: the Baader-Meinhof Gang. (Andreas Baader, together with Meinhof and Ensslin, led the group until their capture, convictions, and prison suicides in the mid-to-late 1970s.) All this, despite the fact that women probably made up only about one-third of West Germany's far Left, according to Charity Scribner's After the Red Army Faction.
1975: A stand-off at the West German embassy in Stockholm ends in violence as the Baader-Meinhof gang blows up the building.
Former member of the Red Army Faction, known in its early days as the Baader-Meinhof gang Christof Wackernagel will be on a panel of experts speaking at the debate.
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Later waves of fashion in terrorism included the European, Latin American and Japanese "urban terrorist" movements of the 1970s and 80s -- Baader-Meinhof Gang in Germany, Red Brigades in Italy, Montoneros in Argentina, Japanese Red Army and so on -- none of which has any political success at all.
Older readers may recall Germany's Baader-Meinhof Gang of murderers and Italy's Red Brigades or the violent riots by French students, which soon drew the support of French workers, shook Paris in 1968, and contributed to President de Gaulle's departure from power in 1969.
1978: German terror suspect arrested in UK Astrid Proll, one of the most wanted members of the West German Baader-Meinhof gang, has been detained in London.