I lived in Bremen, West Germany, in 1984 and attended high school (Hamburg Gymnasium) for about five months as an exchange student. As a moderate social democrat from Canada, I could not relate to the radical politics of Germany at the time. But I understood why many of my German friends and teachers saw certain aspects of West Germany as a continuation of fascist rule and for this reason many seemed to have some sympathy for the RAF. Every few weeks--I will never forget--an adult male came around the school looking for people who might be interested in "learning more the armed struggle." One of my friends claimed this man was really a recruiter for the RAF. I saw the film Baader Meinhoff recently and was very impressed--as the film says, many people in West Germany sympathized with the RAF. I like this review for many reasons, but I don't think it does justice to the strong feelings many young people in West Germany felt for the issues the RAF represented. And in some ways, not much has changed in Germany.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Apr 18 2010 - 10:15pm