Photographer(s): Lothar Beck, Max Dans
Writer(s): Lothar Beck, Max Dans
Publisher(s): Internationalismus Verlag, Hannover, Germany
Size: 17,5 x 24,5 cm
Print: Offizin Druck, Hannover, Germany
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Germany,
On 27 October 1977, photographer Max Dans attended the funeral of Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Jan-Carl Raspe, three founders and leaders of the 'RAF' ('Rote Armee Fraktion') who allegedly committed collective suicide while in prison. They were imprisoned for allegedly orchestrating several bombings, which resulted in the death of four people. Most of the media coverage of the funeral ignored the presence of a large police force and Dans wanted to provide a different perspective. After examining the photographs with his friend Lothar Beck, a priest, they came up with the idea of producing this photo book.
and from the introduction's book
"When we saw the pictures, we realized that what was presented to us in passing on television from the funeral and regularly reported in the newspapers was an early stage of anti-terrorism. We believe there is a need for a public mourning in addition to a public mourning where we were simply allowed to be the unconscious patients of a large-scale cancer operation".