Members of the Red Army Faction

Red Army Faction Insignia.

The Red Army Faction (RAF) operated in Germany from the late 1960s to 1998, committing numerous crimes, especially in the autumn of 1977, which led to a national crisis that became known as "German Autumn". The RAF was founded in 1970 by Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Ulrike Meinhof, Horst Mahler, and others, and the first generation of the organisation was commonly known as the "Baader-Meinhof Gang".

The RAF was responsible for 34 deaths, including many secondary targets such as chauffeurs and bodyguards and many injuries in its almost 30 years of activity. Below is a list of the most members of the group.

Eileen MacDonald claimed in Shoot the Women First (1991), that females made up about fifty percent of the membership of the Red Army Faction and about eighty percent of the RAF's supporters.[1] This was higher than other similar groups in West Germany, in which females made up about thirty percent of the membership.[1]


First generation Red Army Faction (1970-1975)

Founding First Generation Members

Name Date of Birth Date of Death Main Article
Andreas Baader 6 May 1943 18 October 1977 Andreas Baader
Andreas Baader was one of the founding members of the RAF. Baader was involved in bank raids and arson. He was arrested and tried at Stammheim Prison alongside Gudrun Ensslin, Ulrike Meinhof and Jan-Carl Raspe, and given three times life imprisonment. He then supposedly committed suicide in prison on 18 October 1977 using a handgun although it is also claimed that he was murdered in an extrajudicial killing. He was Ensslin's boyfriend and described as a Marlon Brando type.
Gudrun Ensslin 15 August 1940 18 October 1977 Gudrun Ensslin
Gudrun Ensslin was one of the founding members of the RAF and the girlfriend of Andreas Baader. She helped free Baader from police custody in 1970 and was involved in bank raids and arson and was given three times life imprisonment when charged at Stammheim. Supposedly committed suicide by hanging in prison on 18 October 1977, although it is also claimed that she was murdered in an extrajudicial killing.
Ulrike Meinhof 7 October 1934 9 May 1976 Ulrike Meinhof
Ulrike Meinhof was another founding member of the RAF, Meinhof was a well-known journalist who wrote for the konkret, and was the wife of Klaus Rainer Röhl. She helped free Andreas Baader from police custody in 1970 and was involved in car theft, arson and bank robbery. She was arrested. Testifying at the trial of Horst Mahler, regarding a statement by the two in support of the September 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, she stated "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.".[2] Meinhof was given an eight-year prison sentence for freeing Baader. She apparently killed herself in her prison cell by hanging on May 9, 1976. After a later examination of Meinhof's brain, a psychiatrist claimed that Meinhof's 'slide into terror' might be due to surgery performed in 1962 to remove a brain tumour.[3]

Other First Generation Members

Name Date of Birth Date of Death Main Article
Jan-Carl Raspe 24 July 1944 18 October 1977 Jan-Carl Raspe
Jan-Carl Raspe was an early member of the Baader-Meinhof gang and was captured a short while before both Holger Meins and Andreas Baader were arrested in Frankfurt in 1972 (he had been the driver of their Porsche Targa). Alongside Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Ulrike Meinhof he was sentenced to life imprisonment at Stammheim. Raspe supposedly committed suicide in his cell using a 9 mm Heckler & Koch handgun on 18 October 1977, however, it is also claimed that he was murdered in an extrajudicial killing.
Holger Meins 26 October 1941 9 November 1974 Holger Meins
Holger Meins was a leftist cinematography student in West Germany and was tired of being hassled by police for his political viewpoint. He joined the Baader-Meinhof gang quite early on along with Beate Sturm and was seen somewhat as a leading member. In 1971 he was arrested alongside Jan-Carl Raspe and Andreas Baader during a shoot-out with the police in Frankfurt. In prison the Baader-Meinhof gang called for a hunger strike, as they felt they were being treated unfairly by the government. Meins died on 11 November 1974 as a result of the hunger strike. Meins weighed less than 100 pounds at the time of his death; he was over six feet (1.8 m) tall. His death sparked rage amongst RAF members everywhere. The terrorists who executed two hostages during the West German embassy siege in Stockholm named their commando unit in his honour.
Astrid Proll 29 May 1947 Astrid Proll
Astrid Proll was the younger sister of Thorwald Proll and met Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin through him. Proll was involved in bank robbery and also was an expert car thief. She was the getaway driver for Baader after he was freed from police custody by Ensslin, Ulrike Meinhof, Ingrid Schubert and Irene Goergens in 1970. She was arrested in Hamburg on 6 May and was imprisoned but released for health reasons. However, she quickly absconded to England where she worked in various jobs. Proll was discovered and arrested by the Special Branch in 1978 and returned to West Germany in 1979 to fight her case there. She was given five and a half years imprisonment on account of bank robbery and falsifying documents. However, she had already spent at least two-thirds of that time in German and English prisons and therefore was released immediately. She did not rejoin the Baader-Meinhof Gang.[4]
Ingrid Schubert November 1944 13 November 1977
Ingrid Schubert was involved in freeing Baader from police custody in 1970 (along with Gudrun Ensslin, Ulrike Meinhof, Irene Goergens and Peter Homann) and also took part in a few bank raids. Later that year police discovered an RAF hideout in Berlin and entered the hideout to find Schubert there. She produced fake ID but when searched, a gun was found on her person. She was subsequently arrested and sentenced to thirteen years in prison for freeing Baader.

After Meinhof's suicide in 1976, Schubert was transferred to Stammheim to soothe and console Ensslin, and she was then transferred to Stadelheim Prison in Munich after Ensslin, Jan-Carl Raspe and Andreas Baader all supposedly committed suicide on 18 October 1977. Two weeks later Schubert followed suit and committed suicide in her prison cell by hanging on 13 November 1977.

Thomas Weissbecker February 1944 2 March 1972
Thomas 'Tommy' Weissbecker was an associate of Horst Mahler and a minor member of the Baader-Meinhof gang. He was first involved with the Blues-Scene and West Berlin Tupamaros but in July 1971 he met with som RAF members and together with Angela Luther he expressed interest and started working with the RAF.[5]

In 1971 he was charged and acquitted with assaulting a Springer journalist. Later, on March 2, 1972, Weissbecker, along with Carmen Roll, was stopped by police outside a hotel in Augsburg. Weissbecker was shot dead by the police when he reached into his pocket, supposedly to grab his gun. However, Stefan Aust claims that he was simply reaching into his pocket to produce ID.

On 12 May 1972, over two months after Weissbecker's death, RAF terrorists bombed a police station in Augsburg and a Criminal Investigations Agency in Munich. They claimed responsibility for the bombings in the name of the 'Tommy Weissbecker Kommando'.

Petra Schelm August 1950 15 July 1971
Petra Schelm joined the Baader-Meinhof group along with her boyfriend Manfred Grashof. She travelled to Jordan alongside the rest of the Gang and trained in urban guerrilla warfare with the PLO in May 1970.

On July 15, 1971, Schelm was driving through Hamburg with Werner Hoppe when she sped her BMW through a police roadblock. The police gave chase and forced her BMW off the road. Schelm and Hoppe ran off in different directions. Hoppe was followed by a police helicopter and was caught and arrested, but Schelm did not surrender. She threw away a jacket she was holding to reveal a handgun and fired at the police, but the police returned fire. Jillian Becker states that Schelm was killed by a burst of gunfire from a submachine gun, but Stefan Aust states that it was a single bullet wound to the head that killed Schelm. Additionally, a closeup photograph of Schelm taken at the scene immediately after her death (probably by a police photographer) clearly shows a single gunshot wound through the eye. Regardless, Schelm died, aged 20.

Some RAF members called for "retribution" for Schelm's death. She was buried at a cemetery in Spandau. At her funeral, fifty or so youths laid a red flag on her grave, though policemen later came and removed it.

Irmgard Moeller bombed the Campbell Barracks in Heidelberg on 24 May 1972. She claimed responsibility in the name of the Commando 15 July (the date of Petra Schelm's death) in honour of Schelm.

Christa Eckes
Christa Eckes was arrested on 4 February 1972 when the police raided RAF safehouses simultaneously in Hamburg and Frankfurt together with Helmut Pohl, Ilse Stachowiak, Eberhard Becker, Margrit Schiller, Kay-Werner Allnach and Wolfgang Beer.[6] On 28 September 1977, she was sentenced to seven years in prison.[7]

After her release, she was arrested again on 2 July 1984 in Frankfurt, after several RAF members accidentally discharged a gun into the apartment below their safehouse. The other arrested were Helmut Pohl, Stefan Frey, Ingrid Jakobsmeier, Barbara Ernst and Ernst-Volker Staub.[8]

Angela Luther 1940
Angela Luther was first involved with the Blues-Scene and West Berlin Tupamaros, but in July, 1971, she met with som RAF members, and together with Thomas Weissbecker she expressed interest and started working with the RAF.[5]

On 12 May 1972, she participated in the bombing of a police station in Augsburg together with Irmgard Möller, and on 24 May 1972 she was involved in the bombing of the officers club and the Campbell Barracks in Heidelberg.

Second generation Red Army Faction (1975-1982)

By 1972, a large number of the core members of the Baader-Meinhof Gang had been captured and imprisoned. However, there were other young terrorists available to swell the dwindling ranks of the Gang. These revolutionaries mostly had similar backgrounds to the first generation e.g. they were middle class and frequently students. Most of them joined the Gang after their own groups dissolved e.g. the Socialist Patients' Collective (SPK) and Movement 2 June (J2M).

Former SPK members[9]

The SPK, the leftist, 'therapy-through-violence' group, dissolved in 1971, and those members who had turned militant forged links and joined with the Baader-Meinhof Gang. Brigitte Mohnhaupt,[10] Klaus Jünschke[11] Carmen Roll and Gerhard Müller had already joined as part of the first generation of the RAF but originally started in SPK.

Name Date of Birth Date of Death Main Article
Siegfried Hausner[11] 24 January 1952 5 May 1975 Siegfried Hausner
A leading member of the SPK, Siegfried Hausner was especially involved with explosives. He took part in a bombing of the Axel Springer Verlag in 1971 and was the leader of the West German embassy siege in Stockholm in 1975, when he was fatally injured after TNT wiring the embassy was accidentally detonated.
Brigitte Mohnhaupt[10] 24 June 1949 Brigitte Mohnhaupt
Brigitte Mohnhaupt became a leader amongst the second generation RAF and was involved in some of their most serious crimes (such as the murder of Jurgen Ponto) and was a key perpetrator during the German Autumn.
Sieglinde Hofmann[12] 14 March 1945 Sieglinde Hofmann
Sieglinde Hofmann became an important figure of the second generation RAF and was personally involved in the kidnap and murder of Hanns-Martin Schleyer, his driver and three accompanying policemen.
Klaus Jünschke[11] September 1947
Klaus Jünschke was a student member of the SPK who managed to escape arrest when police came after certain members of the SPK in 1971. He joined the Red Army Faction with his militant girlfriend Elisabeth Van Dyck and was involved in at least one bank robbery (on December 1971 in Kaiserslautern – alongside Ingeborg Barz and Wolfgang Grundmann).
Hanna-Elise Krabbe[11] October 1945
Hanna-Elise Krabbe was born in Bad Bentheim. She was a member of the IZRU (the group which succeeded the SPK) and was the older sister of Friederike Krabbe, another terrorist. Hanna-Elise Krabbe took part in the West German embassy siege in Stockholm. She was the only female terrorist involved in the siege. Her role during the siege was to guard the hostages. She was arrested when the siege failed and was sentenced on July 20, 1977, to twice life imprisonment. She was released from prison in 1996, after serving 21 years.
Friederike Krabbe 31 May 1950
Friederike Krabbe was born in Bad Bentheim. She is the younger sister of Hanna-Elise Krabbe, another terrorist. Friederike Krabbe studied psychology, pedagogy and sociology in Berlin from 1970 to 1973 and then went on to study medicine for a while in Heidelberg.

She was involved with the SPK and after its dissolution, the RAF. She is believed to have been one of the terrorists who kidnapped Hanns Martin Schleyer.[13] According to Monika Helbing, after Schleyer was executed in 1977, Krabbe fled to Baghdad along with Elisabeth von Dyck. Around this time Krabbe disappeared, and her whereabouts are still unknown today.

Carmen Roll
Carmen Roll was a member of the SPK[14] and the RAF. She was especially involved in ‘working circle explosives’ in which she achieved limited success with Siegfried Hausner when they managed to manufacture a small amount of TNT in December 1970 in the University Institute of Physiology.

In February 1971, Roll, along with Hausner, planned to bomb the President of the Federal Republic’s special train in Heidelberg station, but she arrived too late with the explosives, and the plot failed.[14]

On March 2, 1972, Roll was spotted with Tommy Weissbecker outside a hotel in Augsburg. Weissbecker was shot dead and Roll was eventually arrested. Two weeks later she was given a near-fatal dose of ether by prison doctors.

In 1976 Roll was freed from prison. She moved to Italy and became a nurse.

Lutz Taufer[11] March 1944
Lutz Taufer had links with the SPK, and he protested against the supposed torture of political prisoners in the Federal Republic in 1974. In 1975 he took part in the West German embassy siege in Stockholm and was arrested after the siege failed. He was subsequently imprisoned. In July, 1977 he was sentenced to twice life imprisonment for his participation in the siege, by a Düsseldorf Court. He was released in 1996.

Taufer has been living in Brazil with his sister since 1999.

Elisabeth von Dyck[11][15] October 1951 4 May 1979
Elisabeth von Dyck (born in Nuremberg) was a member of the SPK and a supposed member of the RAF. She was the girlfriend of Klaus Jünschke and later of lawyer Klaus Croissant. She was involved with the ‘committees against torture’ in 1974.

In 1975 Von Dyck, along with Siegfried Haag, was arrested on suspicion of smuggling weapons out of Switzerland and served six months in a detention centre in Cologne before being released. However, a warrant went out for her arrest in 1977 stating that she supported a terrorist organisation. Von Dyck went underground, and Monika Helbing stated that around this time she fled to Baghdad for a while with Friederike Krabbe.

Von Dyck returned to West Germany sometime between 1977 and 1979, and on 4 May 1979, Von Dyck entered a Nuremberg house, thought to have been an RAF hideout, which was under police surveillance. The police shot Von Dyck through the back, killing her. A gun was found on her body. Von Dyck was shot even though she was only suspected of being involved with the RAF, and was not a high-priority on the wanted list. However, it was alleged that the police shot her after she first drew a pistol and aimed it at them.

Ulrich Wessel 9 January 1946 24 April 1975
Ulrich Wessel was the son of a rich Hamburg businessman. Wessel was described as a dandy, and he was a millionaire by inheritance. He was involved with the SPK and took part in the West German embassy siege in Stockholm. He died during the siege when the TNT was accidentally exploded; the force of the explosion startled him so much that he dropped a grenade he was holding and it exploded on him. He died soon afterwards.
Bernhard Braun[16]
Bernhard Braun had early on come into contact with the RAF via the West Berlin Tupamaros but was also close to the Movement 2 June. On 9 June 1972, Bernhard Braun and Brigitte Mohnhaupt were arrested in West Berlin.[17]

He was one of the 26 terrorist who was supposed to be released as a result of the West German embassy siege in Stockholm.[18]

Former J2M members

Movement 2 June was founded in 1972 and was allied with the RAF but was ideologically anarchist as opposed to the Marxist RAF. In the early eighties, the movement disbanded and many members then joined the RAF.

Name Date of Birth Date of Death Main Article
Ingrid Barabass
Ingrid Barabass was first arrested alongside Sieglinde Hofmann in Paris in 1980 following a raid on a RAF safehouse.[19]

She was then again arrested in Frankfurt on 4 July 1985. She had been spotted in Paris shortly before René Audran's assassination by the Action directe, a French ally to the RAF.[20]

Ingrid Siepmann 12 June 1944
Ingrid Siepmann was in 1974 sentenced to 13 years in prison for robbing a bank in Hamburg on 6 August 1973 together Ilse Stachowiak. On 3 March 1975, she was released as part of the Peter Lorenz kidnapping and exchange together with Rolf Pohle, Verena Becker, Rolf Heissler and Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann and ended up in South Yemen.[21]

She then lived in a training camp for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) and should have been part of the abduction of the Austrian textile industrial Walter Palmers in November, 1977 but was not involved when it was put into action. She is believed to have been killed by an Israeli airstrike in 1982 in Lebanon.[22]

Juliane Plambeck 16 July 1952 25 July 1980
Juliane Plambeck was arrested together with members of Movement 2 June Inge Viett and Ralf Reinders on 9 September 1975. They are all suspects in the Peter Lorenz kidnapping.

On 7 July 1976, she along with RAF member Monika Berberich and J2M members Gabriele Rollnick and Inge Viett overpowered a guard and scaled the wall, escaping from the Lehrter Women's Prison in West Berlin.[23]

On 25 July 1980, Plambeck, then a RAF member, and Wolfgang Beer were killed in a traffic accident outside of Bietigheim-Bissingen. In the car several weapons, one of which had been used in the abduction of Hanns Martin Schleyer, are found next to fake identification documents and vehicle registration.[19]

Rolf Heissler 3 June 1948
Rolf Heissler became acquainted with Brigitte Mohnhaupt in the late 1960s and first became a member of the Munich Tupamaros and later joined the RAF together with his ex-wife Mohnhaupt, but he was also closely acquainted with the Movement 2 June. On 13 April 1971 he was involved in a bank robbery in Munich but was arrested. In 1972 he was sentenced to a six-year imprisonment.[24]

On 3 March 1975, he was released as part of the Peter Lorenz kidnapping and exchange together with Rolf Pohle, Verena Becker, Ingrid Siepmann and Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann and ended up in South Yemen.[21]

In October 1976 he returned undetected to Germany and on 1 November 1978 he and Adelheid Schulz shot two Dutch customs officers, Dionysius de Jong and Johannes Goemans, at a passport control in Kerkrade and seriously injured two more. de Jong died instantly, and Goemans died on 14 November 1978. When he was arrested on 9 June 1979 in Frankfurt am Main, Heissler was seriously injured by a shot in the head but survived.[25]

On 10 November 1982, he was sentenced to two life terms plus 15 years for murders and membership in a terrorist organisation.[26] On 25 October 2001, he was released on probation.[27]

Rolf Pohle 4 January 1942 7 February 2004
Rolf Pohle was first arrested on 17 December 1971 when he attempted to buy thirty-two firearms in a gun shop in Neu-Ulm which the police claimed were meant for the RAF.[28] In 1974 he was sentenced to four years in prison because of membership in a criminal organisation, weapon possession and support activities for the RAF.

On 3 March 1975, he was released as part of the Peter Lorenz kidnapping and exchange together with Rolf Heissler, Verena Becker, Ingrid Siepmann and Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann and ended up in South Yemen.[21]

On 21 July 1976, he was arrested again in Athens but first extradited to Germany on 1 October after a lengthly negotiation with the Greeks. On top of his original conviction he was given a further three years and three months.[29] He was released in 1982 and returned to Greece two years later.[30]

Until the outbreak of cancer, he worked as a teacher and translator. Pohle himself continued to deny any profound relations with the RAF. He died on 7 February 2004.

The Haag/Mayer Group

The Haag/Mayer Group was a minor group of members within the second generation of the RAF. They were recruited by Siegfried Haag, who organised the regrouping of the RAF in the mid 1970s together with Roland Mayer before Brigitte Mohnhaupt took over the leadership after their arrest in 1976. Knut Folkerts from SPK and Verena Becker from J2M was also part of this group.

Name Date of Birth Date of Death Main Article
Siegfried Haag March 1945 Siegfried Haag
A sympathetic lawyer for the first generation of the RAF turned terrorist in late 1972. Siegfried Haag became something of a leader amongst the second generation RAF until he was arrested together with Roland Mayer on 30 November 1976 on the Frankfurt-Kassel highway.[23]

On 19 December 1979 he was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment.[31] In detention, he distanced himself from the RAF. In February, 1987 the rest of his punishment to the probation was suspended because he was seriously ill.

Roland Mayer
Roland Mayer helped Siegfried Haag regroup the RAF when most of the first generation had been arrested and imprisoned. He was arrested with Haag on 30 November 1976 on the Frankfurt-Kassel highway.[23] He was later sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment.[31]
Günter Sonnenberg 21 July 1954
Günter Sonnenberg participated in the murder of Siegfried Buback and his two companions on 7 April 1977. On 3 May 1977, he and Verena Becker were captured in Singen. The arrest ended in a shoot out with the police and Sonnenberg was seriously injured and suffered brain damage.[32] On 26 April 1978 he was sentenced to twice life imprisonment. In May 1992 he was released on probation.
Uwe Folkerts 1948
Uwe Folkerts was arrested on 5 May 1977 together with Johannes Thimme in connection with the Siegfried Buback assassination. In late 1978 he was found guilty of lending his car to Adelheid Schulz and Sabine Schmitz and sentenced to sixteen months imprisonment.[33]
Waltraud Boock
Waltraud Boock was arrested on 13 December 1976 following an unsuccessful bank raid in Vienna together with Sabine Schmitz. On 4 February 1977 she was sentenced to 15 years.[34]

Other Second Generation Members

Name Date of Birth Date of Death Main Article
Sigrid Sternebeck 19 June 1949
Sigrid Sternebeck moved to Hamburg in 1971 and met Susanne Albrecht, Silke Maier-Witt, Karl-Heinz Dellwo, Monika Helbing and Bernhard Rössner. In 1977 she joined the RAF and went underground. In 1980 she left the RAF and received asylum and a new identity in East Germany. She was arrested on 15 June 1990 in Schwedt together with her husband, Ralf Baptist Friedrich. After her arrest she cooperated with the police and prosecutors and in 22 June 1992 sentenced to half a year in prison due to her participation in a murder attempt on Alexander Haig and the assassination of Hanns Martin Schleyer. Today she lives under a different name in Northern Germany.[35]
Silke Maier-Witt 21 January 1950
Silke Maier-Witt only had a minor involvement in the kidnap of Hanns-Martin Schleyer and broke away from the RAF in 1979. She escaped into East Germany to avoid arrest and lived there until her capture in 1990. She served five years in jail before going on to work as a peace activist in Kosovo.[4]
Volker Speitel 1950
Volker Speitel and his wife Angelika Speitel both joined the RAF in the seventies. He worked in Klaus Croissant's office. Where his wife was an active member, he was more of a supporter of the RAF. He was arrested in 1977 together with Rosemarie Preiss on a train in Puttgarden and cooperated with the police and prosecutors. He was sentenced to three years and two months for supporting a terrorist organisation, and he was released from prison in 1979.[36]
Willi-Peter Stoll 12 June 1950 6 September 1978
An RAF member who was one of the men directly involved with the kidnap of Hanns-Martin Schleyer. He was said to have changed mentally after the event, and he became depressed and withdrew from the RAF.[37] On September 6, 1978, Stoll was having dinner in a Chinese restaurant in the Red Light District in Düsseldorf when he was approached by police. He drew his gun and a shoot-out followed that resulted in Stoll's death.[38]
Monika Helbing 16 November 1953
Monika Helbing joined the RAF in 1974 and was involved in the occupation of the Amnesty International offices in Hamburg. In 1976 she went underground and with Christian Klar and other members form the "Southern German cell" of the RAF. She was involved in the preparation and follow-up of the kidnapping of Hanns Martin Schleyer in Fall, 1977.

In 1980 she left the RAF and received asylum and a new identity in East Germany. She was arrested on 14 June 1990 in Frankfurt an der Oder and later on 24 February 1992 she was sentenced to seven years in prison. After her arrest she cooperated with the police and prosecutors and testified extensively. She was released in 1995 and today lives under a different name.[39]

Christof Wackernagel 27 August 1951
Christof Wackernagel joined the RAF in 1977, and on 11 November 1977 he was arrested together with Gerd Schneider in Amsterdam. A year later they were extradited to West Germany and Wackernagel charged with participation in the Zweibrücken courthouse bombing amongst other things. On 5 September 1980 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison but released in 1987.[40]
Hans-Peter Konieczny
Hans-Peter Konieczny was recruited by lawyer Jörg Lang and had just joined the RAF in February 1972, when he on 7 July the same year was cornered by the police in Offenbach. He was persuaded to cooperate and set up Klaus Jünschke and Irmgard Möller, who was easily captured by the police. Konieczny was released from custody two months later.[41]
Johannes Thimme 1956 1985
Johannes Thimme became affiliated with support scene of the RAF in 1977 and served several prison sentences. In 1985 he was killed and Claudia Wannersdorfer seriously injured when a bomb he was helping to plant at the Association for the Development of Air and Space Industries in Stuttgart exploded prematurely.[42]

Third Generation Red Army Faction (1982-1993)

This generation was active mostly throughout the eighties and early nineties. Tom Vague describes them as more vicious than their predecessors and says that they perhaps didn't have as much cause as the earlier generations to rebel.

Third Generation Members

Name Date of Birth Date of Death Main Article
Ernst-Volker Staub 1954
Ernst-Volker Staub is one out of three former members of RAF still on Germany's most-wanted list together with Daniela Klette and Burkhard Garweg.[43]
Daniela Klette 1958
Daniela Klette is one out of three former members of RAF still on Germany's most-wanted list together with Ernst-Volker Staub and Burkhard Garweg.[43]
Burkhard Garweg 1 September 1968
Burkhard Garweg is one out of three former members of RAF still on Germany's most-wanted list together with Ernst-Volker Staub and Daniela Klette.[43]
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