Shadows of the Summit Pointing West (1960)
!: I am used to reading historiographical perspectives regarding Germany during the Cold War period that have a western-centric perspective. Meinhof, as a German, is caught up at the epicenter of international politics and points out how the big western players are pursuing their own self-interests while the Soviet Union is making a progressive effort in their policy of “peaceful coexistence.”
?: Why does Meinhof associate armament with aggression? Is this perception warranted?
A Man With Good Manners: A Day in Court with Karl Wolff (1964)
!: I find it interesting how Meinhof almost play’s devil’s advocate, pointing out that Nazi war criminal’s such as Karl Wolff are “society men” with “principles,” albeit wrong ones. Her portrayal of such criminals in a glorified light seems antithetical to her progressive beliefs.
?: Why does Meinhof believe that it is unjust to label someone as “guilty by association” if they contributed to criminal activity?
Human Dignity is Violable (1962)
!: Meinhof makes a convincing argument that “remilitarization and democracy are irreconcilable” due to the fact that “weapons of mass destruction and terror go hand in hand.” This exposes the violable nature of humans and how remilitarization compromises efforts to establish peace and freedom.
?: Is a system of defense essential for a nation? Does this inherently jeopardize peace?
Hitler Within You (1961)
!: Meinhof exposes the taboo subject of discussing Nazi history in 1961 Germany, exemplifying that the students of the past who were participants, whether active or inactive, in the actions of the Third Reich. She points out the fundamental need for students to confront their parents’ history. “As students we must take up a position and not allow the past to rest, and that we must demand answers from the older generation.” (103) I find this argument to be relevant and applicable in virtually any time period. We must learn from past mistakes through confronting history.
?: Why must we confront history even if it does not fit within modern contexts? Do we really learn from the past?
Women in the SDS: Acting on Their own Behalf
!: Meinhof accentuates that inequality against mothers who worked was ingrained in ideology and casted a net over all women, despite socioeconomic and eeducational backgrounds.
?: How did the voices of working mothers with children fit into the liberation movement?