Sode Smith, unit 8 post 1

New German Ghetto Show

(!) It’s interesting how Meinhof draws the connection between Jewish ghettos (prior to deportation and murder) and anti-nuclear campaigners. Were these new activists treated similarly to Jews?

(?) Even with a regime change, it appears as though the German government was still acting in oppressive manners. How were these new protestors and outsiders treated in unfair or unjust ways? Did they have the resources to speak out and combat unfair treatments without fear of harm?

Hitler within you

(!) I find it interesting that this column was written during the Eichmann trial. In a country that is trying to understand their own identity politics, the Eichmann trial was an incredibly formative event about reconciling with their recent past as a country. As a part of ‘Germany’s new Jews’, who oppose contemporary politics, Meinhof speaks of eliminating political terror against those who think and act differently than the mainstream. 

(?) Even the title of the column is very bold. Did people react negatively to this title? I’m also curious about what type pf inspiration the Eichmann trial gave Meinhof? 

Human Dignity is Violable

(!) This piece states that the new constitution of Germany was based on the principals of democracy being the foundation for human dignity and war no longer being an option. However, with the government shifting power, principals changed. Meinhof states that nuclear rearmament and democracy cannot co-exist. I think this statement is powerful because it links democracy to peace and the dignity of human life.

(?) How would dictatorship be an option with the ability to declare a state of emergency? Would the people not posses the power to fight against the formation of a new dictatorship?

Women in the SDS

(!) Meinhof noted how these women were not fighting for the collective and recognized their own demands/desires as legitimate. 

(?) Did this movement pursue similar goals as second-wave feminism in the US? Did these women in the SDS exclude certain groups of women in order to become more likely to reach their goals?


(!) This piece talks about the freedoms and also the constraints of newspapers. All articles are edited and appear to have some sort of slant bias. In a certain way, editing shows fear and wanting to appeal to a more broad group of people, which is a powerful idea. If papers were truly unedited and columnists wrote exactly what they wanted, Meinhof states this would lead to a better discussion.

(?) in my opinion, this appears to be opposed to general logic: wouldn’t the editor have more freedom than the columnist? 

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

(!) I felt as thought this film was a critique of being able to have dignity and uphold the truth about events. Because she struggled with maintaining the truth about her own character and that of her lover, this was extremely difficult with a ‘free press’.

(?) So, this constitutes an interesting question: should there be restraints on the press if they are misleading or untruthful? Will restraints on the press limit democracy? Even if there is free press, how do you prevent innocent people being harmed?

Baader-Meinhof Komplex

(!) This film brings to light the violence of postwar Germany. Starting with the death of an unarmed protestor, things turn ugly and end with repeated bombings of state buildings and the continuing deaths of innocent civilians. I thought this film did a good job bringing the light not only the violence of the government but also the RAF.

(?) One question I had was about the use of violence: how do you justify these bombings and are they necessary? Meinhof initially justifies violence against a police-like state, but as events develop it appears as though the RAF if equally as violent. How do you reconcile this?

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