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Hans-Peter Feldmann, Die Toten (The Dead), 1998, 90 photocopies on paper, each 15 3/4 x 11 13/16".

“Regarding Terror”

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

The history of the Red Army Faction may seem on first glance a closed book, not least because this terrorist organization announced its dissolution in 1998. But the process of legend-making continues unabated, and the RAF’s founding members—Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Ulrike Meinhof, Jan-Carl Raspe, and Holger Meins—have become saints, martyrs, or demons (depending on your viewpoint), mythical statuses produced by the German media no less than by the outlaws themselves. The extent to which the history of the RAF stretches into the present is shown by numerous recent books and films, Gerd Koenen’s excellent study Vesper, Ensslin, Baader (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2003) and Chistopher Roth’s controversial 2002 film Baader prominent among them. While Koenen explores the links connecting the early RAF to right-wing politics and anti-semitism, Roth focuses on the group’s lifestyle, arguing that

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