The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Question #10 - Katharina and the RAF

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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Question #10 - Katharina and the RAF

Unread postby Liz » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:44 pm

After having read Tidbit #7 on the Red Army Faction, what sorts of areas in the book gave us a clue that Katharina was suspected of being a member of the group?
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Re: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Tidbit #10 - Katharina and the RAF

Unread postby nebraska » Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:46 pm

I am having a struggle with this question and question 9, I am in the process of re-reading the book and making notes in the margins......so I may be able to answer eventually ... or not. :dunce:

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Re: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Tidbit #10 - Katharina and the RAF

Unread postby RamblinRebel » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:47 pm

I read the book before the tidbits, so any implied references to the RAF went completely over my head at the time. Looking back though, in hind-sight, yeah, if you bring the RAF into the picture, then several things seem to make a lot more sense. Like why the police were so hung up on “gentlemen visitors” and long drives that went nowhere. Clearly they thought she and Ludwig were both part of a larger network, and that Katharina had been meeting with other members. Another thing that bothered me when I first read the book – I kept wondering why, if they had Ludwig under surveillance the entire night, didn’t they just arrest him? At the bar? At the party? At Katharina’s house? It seemed like there were plenty of opportunities. But, if you consider that they thought he was part of the RAF, they must have been hoping that he would lead them other members, maybe even some of the leaders. And then when it appeared that Katharina and Ludwig were very close, as though they’d known each other for a long time, it stands to reason that they would think “Ah, yes, here is a member that he has lead us to!”. And then give themselves a nice pat on the back. Also, if she was a member, or was at the very sympathetic to the cause, it would make sense that she would protect him. So her behavior, staying tight-lipped and protective, I’m sure also fueled their fire.

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Re: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Tidbit #10 - Katharina and the RAF

Unread postby Liz » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:14 pm

RR, you came up with more than I did. And the biggest clue was the introduction. Otherwise, I wouldn't have known, and we may not even have done a tidbit on the group.

I'm sure there are many things in this book that went right over my head because I was not a German living during that time nor did I study German history.

I have to say that after reading the tidbit, I was a little bit more understanding of the reaction to Katharina and Ludwig.
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Re: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Tidbit #10 - Katharina and the RAF

Unread postby nebraska » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:34 am

RR, that was a very good analysis of what happened! As I was reading last night, your comments kept going through my head and I was thinking "Aha! I get that now."

I noticed this time that in the first newspaper interviews with people like Katharina's ex-husband they used words like "radical" and "socialism" in their reports, not that the ex actually said those words, but that the newspaper put them in the report of the interview.


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