Ulrike Meinhof and West German Terrorism: Language, by Sarah Colvin

By Sarah Colvin

In 1970 Ulrike Meinhof deserted a occupation as a political journalist to affix the pink military Faction; captured as a terrorist besides different participants of the crowd in 1972, she died an unexplained dying in a high-security felony in 1976. A charismatic spokesperson for the RAF, she has usually come with reference to being idealized as a freedom fighter, regardless of her use of maximum violence. so that it will know how terrorism takes root, Sarah Colvin seeks a dispassionate view of Meinhof and a interval while West Germany was once pointing out its personal "war on terror." Ulrike Meinhof continually remained a author, and this e-book specializes in the position of language in her improvement and that of the RAF: how Meinhof got here to justify violence to the purpose of homicide, developing an identification for the RAF as resistance warring parties in an imagined country of conflict that used to be strengthened through the state's adoption of what Andreas Musolff has referred to as "war terminology." yet its omnipotent id as a battling staff eroded the RAF's empathy with different humans -- even these it as soon as claimed to be "fighting for." It grew to become a closed unit, self-justifying and immobilized by way of its personal conviction that every thing it did has to be correct. this can be the 1st really good research of Meinhof and the RAF in English -- that's outstanding given the present curiosity within the subject in either Europe and the U.S.

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Emergency? ) opens with the assertion that one in three West Germans believes the situation in 1960 comparable with 1933. The reason, says Meinhof, is that professors are losing their jobs and status now as they did then (“Deutschland 1960 — jeder Dritte vergleicht es mit dem Deutschland von 1933 . . 22 “Professors” should be singular, not plural: there was at the time no other case in point except Riemeck (the Radikalenerlaß, a law excluding political radicals from public service professions, was not passed until 1972).

Indd Sec1:23 8/24/2009 6:17:29 PM 24 Œ FIGHTING TALK (1959–69) Wuppertal — she was effectively relieved of her duties. 14 Schütz’s reasoning had a context. Riemeck was at the forefront of the left-wing peace movement, and where left-wingers saw remilitarization as a step back in the direction of imperialism and therefore as tendentially fascist, the right argued that opponents of nuclear armament were in the pockets of the communist East, looking to leave the Republic defenseless against communist expansion.

In 1960 Meinhof rode into battle for Riemeck, and now she was back on her rhetorical charger for West German television’s Panorama presenter Fest, who had criticized the emergency laws — still, in 1966, in the planning stages — on his show in early June. He was subsequently relieved of his duties by the state television channel ARD. ” she asked then, only to answer her own rhetorical question: “No — the only new thing is that such methods of interaction between the power of the state and its people are being called democracy” (“Soldaten gegen Arbeiter — Soldaten im Einsatz zum Schutz der inneren Ordnung — Soldaten gegen Zivilisten — ist das neu in Deutschland?

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