12 Facts About Andreas Baader


Berndt Andreas Baader was one of the first leaders of the West German left-wing militant organization Red Army Faction, commonly known as the Baader-Meinhof Group.

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Phillipp Andreas Baader served in the Wehrmacht, was captured on the Russian Front in 1945, and never returned.

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Andreas Baader was a high school dropout and a bohemian before his involvement in the Red Army Faction.

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Andreas Baader was one of the few members of the RAF who did not attend university.

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At the age of twenty, Andreas Baader moved from Munich to West Berlin, allegedly to do an artistic education.

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Andreas Baader worked as a construction worker and unsuccessfully as a tabloid journalist.

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Andreas Baader was later caught at a traffic stop in Berlin for speeding on 4 April 1970.

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Andreas Baader produced a fake driver's license in the name of the author Peter Chotjewitz, but was placed under arrest when he failed to answer personal questions about the names and ages of Chotjewitz's children.

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Journalist Ulrike Meinhof and Andreas Baader's lawyers concocted a false "book deal" in which Meinhof would interview Andreas Baader.

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Back in West Germany, Andreas Baader robbed banks and bombed buildings from 1970 to 1972.

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Andreas Baader regularly stole expensive sports cars for use by the gang and was arrested driving an Iso Rivolta IR 300.

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Finally, Andreas Baader had powder burns on his right hand, but he was left-handed.

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