NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
17th June, 1972 : Ulrike Meinhof, the last leading member of the terrorist “Red Army Faction” still free, was caught yesterday by West German police in Hanover. Andreas Baader, Holger Meins and Carl Raspe were apprehended 16 days ago after a gun battle with police in Frankfurt. The arrests were the result of the biggest German manhunt since 1945. In the last few weeks, the Baader-Meinhof gang’s bombing campaign has caused the deaths of four people, serious injuries to another 36, and a great deal of damage to property.
[ In December 1972, Meinhof, who was awaiting trial, was called to testify at Horst Mahler’s trial where Mahler questioned her about the statement of support the two had issued for the September 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. His questioning led her to say -
How was Auschwitz possible, what was anti-Semitism? It used the hatred of the people of their dependence on money as a medium of exchange, their longing for communism. Auschwitz means that six million Jews were murdered and carted on to the rubbish dumps of Europe for being that which was maintained of them – Money-Jews. What had happened was that finance capital and banks, the hard core of the system of imperialism and capitalism, had diverted the people’s hatred of money and exploitation away from themselves and on to the Jew
After two years of preliminary hearings, Meinhof was sentenced to 8 years’ imprisonment on 29 November 1974. Eventually Meinhof, Baader, Ensslin, and Raspe were jointly charged on 19 August 1975, with four counts of murder, fifty-four of attempted murder, and a single count of forming a criminal association. However before the trial was concluded, Meinhof was found hanged by a rope, fashioned from a towel, in her cell in the Stammheim Prison on 9 May 1976. ]