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July 28, 1990 | From Reuters
The West German government's top terrorism expert survived an assassination attempt in the heart of the capital Friday when suspected Red Army Faction guerrillas detonated a remote-controlled bomb as he drove by. "They tried to kill me," said Hans Neusel, who escaped with minor cuts to his hand, hours after the morning rush-hour attack as he was driving to work. "It's a risk in my job, but even if they had killed me, someone else would take my place," he told reporters.
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January 9, 2011 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Omnibus films, those multi-episode endeavors that string together the contributions of disparate talents, are uneven almost as a rule. But the jaggedness and nagging irresolution of 1978's " Germany in Autumn" — a collaboration among 11 filmmakers, most of them associated with the German New Wave of the period — points to a desperate sense of urgency about a prevailing mood of confusion. In the span of a chaotic few months that came to be known as the German Autumn (partly thanks to this film)
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NEWS
March 21, 1992 | WILLIAM R. LONG and TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Argentine police are investigating a report that German terrorist Andrea Martina Klump, a member of the Red Army Faction, may have entered this country days before a car bomb demolished the Israeli Embassy, killing at least 28 people. The reports on Klump were sketchy and sometimes contradictory, but they triggered speculation Friday that she helped Muslim terrorists in the bomb plot.
WORLD
November 25, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A former top member of the leftist Red Army Faction terrorist group can be released from prison Jan. 3 after 26 years in prison for nine murders, a German court ruled. The Red Army Faction killed 34 people before it disbanded in 1998. It sought to overthrow the West German government and fight perceived U.S. imperialism. The Stuttgart state court ruled that Christian Klar, 56, was no longer a threat, spokeswoman Josefine Koeblitz said. Germany's police union decried the decision, saying Klar had shown no remorse.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 1990 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT
Between 1969 and 1979, a significant aspect of West German society underwent an astonishing transformation. The state's budget for police operations more than doubled. Allocations to the Federal Office for Defense of the Constitution increased sixfold. The budget of the Federal Criminal Bureau grew ninefold. And all these government institutions were granted expansive new authoritarian powers.
NEWS
June 16, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
East Germany admitted Friday that the ousted Communist regime sheltered some of West Germany's most-wanted terrorists for more than a decade in a carefully planned conspiracy shattered by a string of arrests this month. In the closest cooperation yet between East and West German police, six suspected members of the Red Army Faction have been apprehended in East Germany over the past 10 days in connection with a series of murders, bombings and kidnapings, officials in both countries said.
NEWS
December 1, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
West German authorities today named a Red Army Faction guerrilla as one of two main suspects linked to the murder of banker Alfred Herrhausen. The Federal Prosecutor's Office in Karlsruhe said police were searching for two men seen at the site of the car bombing Thursday that killed Herrhausen, 59, chief executive of West Germany's largest bank.
NEWS
July 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
A roadside bomb blast triggered by a beam of light injured West Germany's top terrorism expert today, and the Red Army Faction terrorist group claimed responsibility. Hans Neusel, the state secretary of the Interior Ministry, escaped with only minor injuries, although his car was wrecked. Neusel, whose ministry is in charge of law enforcement, was taken to a hospital but released a short time later and returned to the scene of the bombing, a highway on the outskirts of Bonn.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
BERLIN -- A new film devoted to the violent career of the Red Army Faction has drawn sharp criticism from both the daughter of one of the left-wing German terrorist group's leaders and the daughter of a prominent victim. "The Baader Meinhof Complex," directed by Uli Edel and produced by Bernd Eichinger, was released in Germany on Sept. 25 and already has been chosen as the country's contender for a foreign-language Oscar nomination.
NEWS
December 2, 1994 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Irmgard Moeller was imprisoned for life 22 years ago for the murder of three U.S. soldiers, the Cold War was in full force, the Vietnam War still raged, and then-Chancellor Willy Brandt's "Ostpolitik" recognized what seemed to be a terminally divided Germany. The 47-year-old Red Army Faction terrorist--Germany's longest-serving female prisoner--walked free into a different world Thursday, a physically changed woman whose "anti-imperialist" views apparently remain much the same.
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October 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
BERLIN -- A new film devoted to the violent career of the Red Army Faction has drawn sharp criticism from both the daughter of one of the left-wing German terrorist group's leaders and the daughter of a prominent victim. "The Baader Meinhof Complex," directed by Uli Edel and produced by Bernd Eichinger, was released in Germany on Sept. 25 and already has been chosen as the country's contender for a foreign-language Oscar nomination.
WORLD
August 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A former member of the radical leftist Red Army Faction, convicted of murder in the death of a U.S. soldier and the bombing of an American military base, poses no more danger to the public and will be released on parole Tuesday, a German court ruled. Eva Haule served 21 years of a life sentence for the 1985 attacks, the Frankfurt state court said. She will be the second convicted member of the group to win parole this year. Spc. Edward Pimental, 20, was shot Aug.
WORLD
February 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A state court in Stuttgart paroled a onetime leader of Germany's Red Army Faction, a leftist group that attacked law enforcement and business leaders three decades ago. Brigitte Mohnhaupt, 57, is to leave prison March 27. She was arrested in 1982 and convicted of involvement in nine slayings, including those of West German chief federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback, Dresdner Bank head Juergen Ponto and Hanns-Martin Schleyer, head of the country's industry federation.
NEWS
December 22, 2002 | Stephen Graham, Associated Press Writer
They kidnapped business leaders, gunned down police officers and hijacked an airliner. But even after Sept. 11, the failed German revolutionaries who spread fear in the 1970s and '80s have acquired a certain chic. Left-wingers were always nostalgic for the ideals of the student movement from which the feared Red Army Faction terrorists sprang -- strident opposition to the Vietnam War, rebellion against their parents' silence on World War II, a society still not completely purged of old Nazis.
NEWS
September 30, 2001 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About all that is left of the Red Army Faction is the painful memory of more than 50 killings for a left-wing cause never clearly articulated and eventually abandoned by its own adherents. Born in the violence of the 1960s student movement, the RAF died out a decade ago, depleted by deaths, imprisonment, lost idealism and reunification.
NEWS
April 24, 2001 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors in Hesse state announced Monday that they have dropped their investigation of Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, rejecting accusations that he gave shelter to a terrorist in the 1970s, then lied about it during court testimony earlier this year.
NEWS
December 22, 2002 | Stephen Graham, Associated Press Writer
They kidnapped business leaders, gunned down police officers and hijacked an airliner. But even after Sept. 11, the failed German revolutionaries who spread fear in the 1970s and '80s have acquired a certain chic. Left-wingers were always nostalgic for the ideals of the student movement from which the feared Red Army Faction terrorists sprang -- strident opposition to the Vietnam War, rebellion against their parents' silence on World War II, a society still not completely purged of old Nazis.
NEWS
September 17, 1999 | From Associated Press
Police have shot and killed a wanted Red Army Faction terrorist on a Vienna street corner and arrested his female companion, reducing Germany's long-standing most-wanted list of leftist terrorists to three. Horst Ludwig Meyer, 43, was shot Wednesday after he drew a pistol and disarmed an officer who had asked to see his identification papers.
NEWS
September 17, 1999 | From Associated Press
Police have shot and killed a wanted Red Army Faction terrorist on a Vienna street corner and arrested his female companion, reducing Germany's long-standing most-wanted list of leftist terrorists to three. Horst Ludwig Meyer, 43, was shot Wednesday after he drew a pistol and disarmed an officer who had asked to see his identification papers.
NEWS
February 19, 1997 | Times Wire Services
Lebanon announced Tuesday that it arrested up to six members of the Japanese Red Army, a militant group that carried out high-profile hijackings and attacks in the 1970s. The six suspects were hiding out in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Among those arrested was Kozo Okamoto, 49, one of three Red Army members who allegedly carried out a May 1972 grenade and machine-gun attack on Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, according to news reports from Lebanon and Japan. The attack killed 26 people.
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