‘Were we terrorists?‘, the people in this film wonder. Thirty years after their Armed Struggle, when their lives were determined by revolutionary ardour, they look back on their violent political actions in the early 1970’s. In the wake of the German RAF – the Rote Armee Fraktion also known as the Baader-Meinhof group – the Dutch Red Youth carried out bomb attacks and political actions against the Vietnam-war and capitalist society. When a number of them went to Yemen to take part in a Palestinian guerrilla training, there was no turning back. Their instructor, RAF member Peter-Jürgen Boock, who was later involved in the kidnapping and killing of the politician Hanns-Martin Schleyer, remembers those Dutch very well.
Were we terrorists? The Red Years (foto Vimeo)
Were they fit to be terrorists? And will they ever be able to get rid of this terrorist stigma?