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A green raspberry for the Raspberry Reich

Jutta Ditfurth, a former Green MP in Germany thinks Ulrike Meinhof had it tough:

"Ulrike Meinhof was a much more interesting, much more multi-faceted person than I used to think," Ditfurth told DW-RADIO. "She was a woman who would have had a huge amount of opportunities and prospects -- if only she'd had the good fortune to have grown up somewhere other than Germany." Source.

There can have been few better places to be alive and in early middle age at the time Meinhof decided to become a terrorist. Africa? South America? The Soviet Bloc? China? The Middle East? Indeed, the BRD was such an awful mother to Meinhof that it allowed her to take a brace of degrees and be a full time student for some years before editing a magazine of the extreme left (Konkret), that continues to be published. Frau Ditfurth is an alumna too....

More, much more, on the Baader-Meinhof gang / Red Army Faction here.


Footnote - I *know* that the Raspberry Reich, or more correctly, das Himbeere Reich, was a dismissive term used by the extreme left for the Federal Republic, but it has proved extraordinarily difficult to pin down a reference because every possible form of googling turns up details on a film of the same name that is 'A critique of terrorist chic from pop culture maverick Bruce LaBruce'. If anyone can confirm the reference, I will be profoundly grateful.

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Anonymous Siv Jensen said... 4:58 pm

Interessant, aber nie was von gehoert!  



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