Unit 8 – German Studies

The Baader-Meinhoff Complex

?: Throughout the film, the viewer is subjected to countless acts of terror and violence carried out by members of the RAF. Not one part of their revolution seemed to progress without the use of weaponry or physicality. That said, how might the members of the RAF go about their mission peacefully? How much less are they able to accomplish?

!: The sacrifices made by individuals for the greater cause will never cease to amaze me. The second wave RAF members attempted to carry out their plan with the plane, increasing their violent nature, all without meeting the original RAF members. Wow.

Katharina Blum

?: It seems as though the efforts of safeguarding Goetten were fueled through her newfound love for him, though I can’t help but wonder how things would change had Goetten not have been a lover. How would the remarks made by citizens differ if the accused perpetrator had been a friend, family member, etc.?

!: It’s fascinating to view the mob mentality from the other point of view. The sheer emotional duress undergone by Katharina in her daily life is maddening.

Additional !: I loved seeing the VW bug drive around the countryside. A timeless car!


? – At the end of “Everybody’s Talking About the Weather” Meinhof gives the reader a call to action in demanding that we stop looking the other way when it comes to the rights of women and children. What would be the next step? She offers some hypotheticals, those being women’s organizations, though if these were not feasible, what takes their place? Surely a movement such as the one carried out by the RAF would not suffice.

! – On Page 77, Meinhof touches on Germany’s position and I found that it somewhat links back to the “Baader Meinhof Complex” in the sense that once you are introduced to something, you begin to see it everywhere. Perhaps intentional on Meinhof’s part to use her language as a means of continuing to open up the conversation.