Flawed Investigation: Prosecutors Hope Nazi Trial Will Trigger Reforms

Flawed Investigation: Prosecutors Hope Nazi Trial Will Trigger Reforms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2013

German federal prosecutors handling the neo-Nazi terrorism case due to come to trial on May 6 say regional authorities underestimated the capabilities of right-wing extremists. They hope the trial will boost central authorities' power to investigate future cases. By Gisela Friedrichsen more... Video | Comment ]

The Philosopher and the Terrorist: When Sartre Met RAF Leader Andreas Baader

The Philosopher and the Terrorist: When Sartre Met RAF Leader Andreas Baader

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 06, 2013

Jean-Paul Sartre's meeting with RAF leader Andreas Baader was long considered to be one of the philosopher's great missteps. A transcript of the meeting, which has only now been released, shows the Nobel laureate actually wanted to persuade him to stop murdering people. By Felix Bohr and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

A Conviction without Clarity: Court Sentences RAF Ex-Terrorist Becker

A Conviction without Clarity: Court Sentences RAF Ex-Terrorist Becker

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2012

A German court convicted former left-wing terrorist Verena Becker on Friday for being an accessory to the murder of a federal prosecutor in 1977. Despite the victory, government investigators continue to squander all their chances of solving this and other Red Army Faction crimes. A Commentary By Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

Adventures in German Radicalism: Leftist Terrorist Turned Neo-Nazi Says Was Stasi Informant Too

Adventures in German Radicalism: Leftist Terrorist Turned Neo-Nazi Says Was Stasi Informant Too

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 02, 2011

Horst Mahler was a leader of the German radical left in the 1960s and '70s. Now he's a member of the radical right, sitting in jail for denying the Holocaust. But he's reportedly verified reports that he informed for Communist spies in the '60s. more...

Ex-Terrorist Verena Becker in Court: Germany Reopens 1977 RAF Terror Case

Ex-Terrorist Verena Becker in Court: Germany Reopens 1977 RAF Terror Case

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2010

On Thursday, former RAF terrorist Verena Becker appeared in a Stuttgart court to face charges in connection with the 1977 murder of the former German federal prosecutor. The judges will try to solve the puzzle of who really killed Siegfried Buback. By Michael Sontheimer more...

1977 Murder Revisited: Former RAF Terrorist to Stand Trial

1977 Murder Revisited: Former RAF Terrorist to Stand Trial

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2010

A German court has ordered Verena Becker, a former member of the far-left Red Army Faction, to be put on trial for alleged involvement in the murder of Attorney General Siegfried Buback in 1977. The case was re-opened after new forensic technology revealed her DNA on a letter claiming responsibility for the killing. more...

A Thin Case: Ex-RAF Terrorist to Stand Trial for 1977 Murder

A Thin Case: Ex-RAF Terrorist to Stand Trial for 1977 Murder

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2010

The German federal prosecutor's office has indicted former RAF terrorist Verena Becker for the murder of Attorney General Siegfried Buback in 1977. The crime, which shocked Germany at the time, has never been fully cleared up. But the evidence against Becker is relatively thin. By Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

Germany's Secret Baader-Meinhof Files: Prosecutors Revisit Notorious 1977 Assassination

Germany's Secret Baader-Meinhof Files: Prosecutors Revisit Notorious 1977 Assassination

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 10, 2009

The 1977 assassination of Siegfried Buback by the far-left Red Army Faction is one of Germany's most famous unsolved murders. Now new evidence suggests that former RAF member Verena Becker may have been involved. But the intelligence services, who used Becker as an informant, are keeping the lid on a top-secret file which could clear up the crime. By SPIEGEL Staff more...

New Twist in Unsolved Terror Case: DNA Traces Link Ex-RAF Terrorist to Buback Murder

New Twist in Unsolved Terror Case: DNA Traces Link Ex-RAF Terrorist to Buback Murder

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 21, 2009

Fresh evidence has linked former Red Army Faction member Verena Becker to the murder of the then-chief federal prosecutor, Siegfried Buback, more than three decades after the high-profile terrorist attack rocked West Germany. more...

1968 Revisited: The Truth about the Gunshot that Changed Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2009

It was the shot that changed the course of German history. On June 2, 1967, a West Berlin police officer shot and killed leftist demonstrator Benno Ohnesorg. The event triggered a whole generation of leftist activism. Would history have turned out differently if people knew then the killer was a member of East Germany's secret police? By SPIEGEL Staff more...