The Red Army Faction, A Documentary History
Projectiles for the People

by André Moncourt and J. Smith

Kersplebedeb Publishing and PM Press 2009

The first in a two-volume series, this is by far the most in-depth political history of the Red Army Faction ever made available in English.

Projectiles for the People starts its story in the days following World War II, showing how American imperialism worked hand in glove with the old pro-Nazi ruling class, shaping West Germany into an authoritarian anti-communist bulwark and launching pad for its aggression against Third World nations. The volume also recounts the opposition that emerged from intellectuals, communists, independent leftists, and then – explosively – the radical student movement and countercultural revolt of the 1960s.

It was from this revolt that the Red Army Faction emerged, an underground organization devoted to carrying out armed attacks within the Federal Republic of Germany, in the view of establishing a tradition of illegal, guerilla resistance to imperialism and state repression. Through its bombs and manifestos the RAF confronted the state with opposition at a level many activists today might find difficult to imagine.

For the first time ever in English, this volume presents all of the manifestos and communiqués issued by the RAF between 1970 and 1977, from Andreas Baader’s prison break, through the 1972 May Offensive and the 1975 hostage-taking in Stockholm, to the desperate, and tragic, events of the “German Autumn” of 1977. The RAF’s three main manifestos – The Urban Guerilla Concept, Serve the People, and Black September – are included, as are important interviews with Spiegel and le Monde Diplomatique, and a number of communiqués and court statements explaining their actions.

Providing the background information that readers will require to understand the context in which these events occurred, separate thematic sections deal with the 1976 murder of Ulrike Meinhof in prison, the 1977 Stammheim murders, the extensive use of psychological operations and false-flag attacks to discredit the guerilla, the state’s use of sensory deprivation torture and isolation wings, and the prisoners’ resistance to this, through which they inspired their own supporters and others on the left to take the plunge into revolutionary action.

Drawing on both mainstream and movement sources, this book is intended as a contribution to the comrades of today – and to the comrades of tomorrow – both as testimony to those who struggled before and as an explanation as to how they saw the world, why they made the choices they made, and the price they were made to pay for having done so.


Product Details:
Edited by J. Smith and André Moncourt
Forewords by Russell "Maroon" Shoats and Bill Dunne
Published by Kersplebedeb and PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-029-0
Pub Date February 2009
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 736 pages
Size: 6 by 9
Subjects: Politics, Armed Struggle

The work that was begun on this website several years ago has largely been superceded by the publication of Projectiles for the People -- eventually we hope to upload all of this work to this site, but that may take a while. In the meantime, what follows are the older, less refined translations of a selection of the RAF's documents.

 

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Communiqués, Statements & Supporting Documents

Most of the following translations of have appeared in the first volume of The Red Army Faction, A Documentary History (Projectiles for the People).

Documents highlighted purple have been very roughly translated. While there are no plans at present to improve on these translations, the reader is forewarned that the quality of the below documents leaves much to be desired. Those seriously interested should consult the German originals.

Documents highlighted green have been rigorously translated, but have not appeared in any of the books in the Documentary History series.



October 1968 Faced With This Justice System, We Can’t Be Bothered Defending Ourselves (Thorwald Proll) HTML PDF
June 5th 1970 Build the Red Army! HTML PDF
April 1971
The Urban Guerilla Concept
HTML
PDF
January 24 1972 Andreas Baader: Letter to the Press HTML PDF
April 1972 Serve the People: The Urban Guerilla and Class Struggle HTML PDF
May 14th 1972
For The Victory Of The People Of Vietnam
HTML
PDF
May 16th 1972
Attacks in Augsburg and Munich
HTML
PDF
May 20th 1972
Attack on Judge Buddenberg
HTML
PDF
May 20th 1972
Attack on the Springer Building
HTML
PDF
May 25th 1972
Attack on the Heidelberg Headquarters of the U.S. Army in Europe
HTML
PDF
May 28th 1972
To the News Editors of the West German Press
HTML
PDF
May 29th 1972
Regarding the Fascist Bomb Threats Against Stuttgart
HTML
PDF
May 31st 1972 Ulrike Meinhof: Statement to the Red Aid Teach-In HTML PDF
November 1972 The Black September Action in Munich:
Regarding the Strategy for Anti-Imperialist Struggle
HTML PDF
June 16th 1972 -
February 9th 1973
Ulrike Meinhof Writes From The Dead Wing
HTML
PDF
May 8th, 1973 Second Hunger Strike HTML PDF
September 1974 Provisional Program of Struggle for the Political Rights of Imprisoned Workers HTML PDF
September 13th 1974 Third Hunger Strike HTML PDF
September 27th 1974 The Expulsion of Horst Mahler HTML PDF
October 11th 1974 Holger Meins’ Report on Force-Feeding HTML PDF
September 13th 1974
Ulrike Meinhof On the Liberation of Andreas Baader
HTML
PDF
October 31st 1974
Holger Meins’ Last Letter
HTML
PDF
December 9th 1974 The Bombing of the Bremen Train Station HTML PDF
January 1975 Interview with Spiegel Magazine HTML PDF
February 2nd 1975 Letter from the RAF to the RAF Prisoners HTML PDF
April 24th 1975
Occupation of the West German Embassy in Stockholm
HTML
PDF
May 11th 1975 Defense Attorney Siegfried Haag Goes Underground HTML PDF
June 18th 1975
Andreas Baader Regarding Torture
HTML
PDF
August 19th 1975
The Nature of the Stammheim Trial: The Prisoners Testify (Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Jan-Carl Raspe and Ulrike Meinhof's Statement Regarding Their Identity at the Stammheim Trial)
HTML
PDF
September 14th 1975 No Bomb in Munich Central Station HTML PDF
September 23rd 1975 The Bombing of the Hamburg Train Station HTML PDF
November 1975 The Bombing of the Cologne Train Station HTML PDF
January 19, 1976

Gudrun Ensslin: Fragment Regarding the Soviet Union

HTML  
March 19th & 23rd 1976 Two Letters To Hanna Krabbe HTML PDF
April 1976
Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof’s Intervention In The Trial Of Commando Holger Meins
HTML
PDF
April 13th 1976 Ulrike Meinhof: Letter to the Hamburg Prisoners HTML PDF
(January) May 11th 1976
Ulrike Meinhof: Fragment Regarding Structure
HTML
PDF
May 11th 1976
Statement Of Jan-Carl Raspe At The Trial In Stuttgart-Stammheim
HTML
PDF
May 4th 1976
History Of The FRG and The Old Left: Fragment From An Intervention In The Stammheim Trial
HTML
PDF
June 1976
Prisoners Interviewed by Le Monde Diplomatique HTML
PDF
June 16, 1976

Gudrun Ensslin: About Andreas and the Group

HTML  
July 1976

Andreas Baader: About the Impact of the RAF (fragment for the statements at the Stammheim Trial)

HTML  
July 1976

Fragment Regarding the Operation and Organization of the RAF (notes for statements to be made at the Stammheim Trial)

HTML  
July 1976 Ingrid Schubert: noted for a witness statement HTML  
July 22nd 1976
The Structure of the RAF (statements by Brigitte Mohnhaupt and Helmut Pohl in Stammheim) HTML
PDF
1976
The October Revolution and the Third International: Summary of the Discussion In Stammheim
HTML
PDF
December 1976 RZ Letter to the RAF Comrades HTML PDF
January 10th 1977 Monika Berberich Responds to the Alleged RZ Letter HTML PDF
March 29th 1977 Fourth Hunger Strike HTML PDF
April 7th 1977
Attack Against Siegfried Buback
HTML
PDF
April 30th 1977 Statement Calling Off the Fourth Hunger Strike HTML PDF
June 2nd 1977 Andreas Baader: On the Geneva Convention HTML PDF
August 14th 1977
The Assassination of Jürgen Ponto
HTML
PDF
September 2nd 1977 Statement Breaking Off the Fifth Hunger Strike HTML PDF
September 3rd 1977
The Attack on the BAW
HTML
PDF
September 5th to October 13th 1977 The Schleyer Communiqués HTML
PDF
October 13th 1977
SAWIO: Operation Kofr Kaddum
HTML
PDF
October 13th 1977
SAWIO Ultimatum
HTML
PDF
October 19th 1977 Final Communiqué Regarding Hanns Martin Schleyer HTML PDF

 


 

The following documents will appear in The Red Army Faction, A Documentary History volume 2 (Dancing With Imperialism: One Step Forwards, Two Steps Back - due out in 2013). The versions that appear here are simply rough preliminary translations, the quality of which is very wanting. The documents are all being re-translated for volume 2, but in the meantime we thought it acceptable to leave these substandard versions up.

June 25th 1979
Haig Assassination Attempt
HTML
PDF
February 6th 1981
Hungerstrike Statement (prisoners from the RAF) HTML PDF
August 31st 1981
Attack on the USAFE In Ramstein
HTML PDF
September 15th 1981
Kroesen Assassination Attempt
HTML PDF
May 1982
The Guerilla, the Resistance and the Anti-Imperialist Front (Strategy Paper)
HTML PDF
December 1984
Hungerstrike Statement HTML PDF
December 1984
Statement Regarding the Association Of Political Prisoners
HTML PDF
January 1985
For the Unity of Revolutionaries in West Europe (RAF & Action Directe)
HTML PDF
February 1st 1985
RAF Attack Against Ernst Zimmerman
HTML PDF
February 1985
Statement Regarding End of Hungerstrike
HTML PDF
April 1985
Interview With Comrades From the RAF
HTML PDF
August 8, 1985
Communiqué #1 re: Rhein-Main Air Base
HTML PDF
August 25, 1985
Communiqué #2 re: Rhein-Main Air Base
HTML PDF
September 1985
Interview with Comrades from the RAF
HTML PDF
January 1986
To Those Who Struggle Alongside Us
HTML PDF
July 9th 1986
Communiqué re: Siemens Action
HTML PDF
October 10th 1986
Communiqué re: On the Action Against Braunmohl
HTML PDF
September 1988
Statement of the Red Brigades and the RAF
HTML PDF
September 21st 1988
RAF Attack on Hans Tietmeyer
HTML PDF
November 1988 Regarding Peter-Jürgen Boock’s Lies HTML  
February 1989 To The Revolutionary Prisoners in the Imperialist Prisons of Western Europe
HTML PDF
February 1st 1989 Hungerstrike Statement (Helmut Pohl on behalf of political prisoners in West Germany) HTML PDF
May 1989
Letter from Karl-Heinz Dellwo (from Prison News Service)
HTML PDF
May 20th 1989
Letter from Eva Haule (from Prison News Service) HTML PDF
December 2nd 1989
RAF Attack on Herrhausen
HTML PDF
April 4th 1991
communiqué re : Rohwedder action
HTML PDF
January 18th 1992 Letter from Gunter Sonnenberg HTML PDF
January 24th 1992
communiqué re : Nonne
HTML PDF
April 10th 1992
To All Those Who Are Searching…
HTML PDF
April 15th 1992
Statement Regarding the RAF Ceasefire (Irmgard Moeller on behalf of the prisoners from the RAF and the Resistance) HTML PDF
May 18th 1992 der Spiegel interview with Irmgard Moeller HTML PDF
June 1992
Konkret Interview with RAF Prisoners Lutz Taufer, Karl-Heinz Dellwo & Knut Folkerts
HTML PDF
June 20th, 1992
There is Much Which Unites Us  (Gunter Sonnenberg) HTML PDF
August 1992
We Must Search For Something New (Discussion Paper)
HTML PDF
September 1992
Christian Klar’s Trial Statement – Stammheim Process
HTML PDF
June 29th 1992
Greetings To All Those Taking Part in the Demonstrations and Congresses Against the World Economic Summit in Munich!
HTML PDF
1992 or 1993?
Interview with Four Women Political Prisoners in Luebeck, Germany
HTML PDF
March 30th 1993
Weiterstadt Prison Communiqué
HTML PDF
June 29th 1993
Letter from Birgit Hogefeld
HTML PDF
June 30th 1993
Witness Statement Regarding the Shooting of Wolfgang Grams
HTML PDF
July 6th 1993 communiqué re: arrest of Birgit Hogefeld and murder of Wolfgang Grams HTML
PDF
July 22nd 1993
The Treason of Klaus Steinmetz (Birgit Hogefeld) HTML PDF
August to October 1993 RAF Split Documentation HTML PDF
June 15th 1996
Interview With Political Prisoner Helmut Pohl
HTML PDF
October 11th 1997 We were so terribly consistent... interview with political prisoner Stefan Wisniewski HTML  
March 1998
"The Urban Guerrilla Is History...": The Final Communiqué from the Red Army Faction HTML PDF
May 2010 A note regarding the current situation – by some who have been RAF members at various points in time HTML  
       

 

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