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Interview with Helmut Pohl and Rolf Clemens Wagner of the Red Army Faction (Germany)

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The interview was conducted by Rüdiger Göbel, Peter Rau, Wera Tichter, and Gerd Schumann of jungle Welt, left newspaper in Germany, 2007. Long live the combative memory of Helmut Pohl and Rolf Clemens Wagner of the RAF. Never forget, never forgive.

junge Welt: The media has squeezed everything possible out of the 2007 anniversary of the “German Autumn.” The events of 1977 came to a bitter end. The way it is being depicted on TV, on the radio, and in the print media constitutes a sort of hysterical coming to terms with the Red Army Faction (RAF): The Stammheim Night (Spiegel), a series; The Terror Years (Die Zeit), a special issue; The Bourgeois Children’s War, a primetime ARD documentary. How do you feel about the way in which the RAF’s history is being handled, given that this history is an important, if not the essential, component of your personal biographies?

Helmut Pohl: It’s unpleasant. To be smashed over the head with this sort of campaign of defamation, caricature, and debasement is somewhat infuriating. It has concrete consequences for Christian[2], as well. Beyond that, it seems to me that the principal component of the campaign, the two-part Aust[3] documentary on ARD, bombed. It’s already been done to death. People don’t want to hear about it anymore.

jW: You’re talking about the fuss surrounding Christian Klar during the first three months of 2007. In the case of a prisoner who has been behind bars for 24 years, relaxed conditions with the possibility of a pardon and release seems appropriate. His admittedly partisan, but essentially analytical contribution to the junge Welt Rosa Luxemburg Conference in January,[4] which in no way encouraged violence, unleashed an anti-RAF and anti-Klar onslaught from politicians and the bourgeois media. What this made clear was that a prisoner’s right to express himself does not apply to Klar. In fact, it was turned into an exceptional case for the German justice system.

Rolf Clemens Wagner: In fact, this year, we’re experiencing two approaches to dealing with the RAF. One concerns Christian. Suddenly, the question of remorse for the victims of the RAF is central. A discussion about helping to “clarify” the actions has begun. Why now? I was pardoned a few years ago, and no one asked this of me. I did not have to show any remorse. There was no discussion of me having to help “clarify” the actions. (more…)

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Helmut Pohl, comrade of the Red Army Faction passes away (Germany)

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

International solidarity is our weapon

I can still see myself sitting there with Gudrun and Andreas, in front of us a long report on Vietcong attacks in the US military’s hinterland in South Vietnam.

Guerrilla units had attacked US military headquarters right in enemy territory. One single attack already conveyed the entire strategy. Attacks in the hinterland of imperialism by small armed guerrilla units. In international terms the hinterland was here, in the metropoles.

Years earlier, the chairman of North Vietnam’s communist party, Le Duan, in a
global-strategic speech, had spoken of the vision of armed struggles in the
capitalist centers. Now we were on our way.

What a certainty we had.
And what a smile on our faces.

Helmut on the beginnings of the RAF

We mourn for Helmut Pohl

His comrades and friends

Helmut Pohl
14 Sept 1943 – 12 Aug 2014

Long live the new internationalist struggle and the next generation urban guerrilla. Let 1000 flowers bloom. 1000 armed urban guerrilla groups. Each combative memory and dignified life burns as a star in the night sky. Never forget, never forgive… Respect.

“Μπορώ ακόμα να αναπολώ τον εαυτό μου να κάθεται εκεί με την Γκούντρουν και τον Αντρέα, μπροστά μας υπήρχε μια μεγάλη αναφορά επιθέσεων των Βιετκονγκ στον στρατό των Η.Π.Α. στην ενδοχώρα του Νότιου Βιετνάμ. Tα αντάρτικα κομάντο είχαν επιτεθεί στο στρατιωτικό αρχηγείο των Η.Π.Α. σε εχθρική περιοχή. Σε μια μονάχα επίθεση αντιπροσωπευόταν ολόκληρη η στρατηγική. Επιθέσεις στην ενδοχώρα του ιμπεριαλισμού από μικρές ένοπλες αντάρτικες μονάδες. Με μια διεθνή οπτική η ενδοχώρα εδώ ήταν οι μητροπόλεις. Χρόνια πριν από αυτό ο πρόεδρος του CP του Βορείου Βιετνάμ, Λε Ντουάν, είχε μιλήσει για το όραμα του ένοπλου αγώνα στα καπιταλιστικά κέντρα σε έναν λόγο παγκόσμιας στρατηγικής. Τώρα ξεκινήσαμε.

Τι σιγουριά είχαμε. Και τι χαμόγελο.”

Ο Χέλμουτ για το ξεκίνημα της RAF.

Θρηνούμε για τον θάνατο του Χέλμουτ Πολ

Οι σύντροφοι/ισσες και φίλοι/ες του

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