Insider report on the kidnapping of hanns-martin schleyer

A documentary fiction

It was bizarre to see this gaunt man with the deep furrows in his face sitting there in the middle of the Frankfurt Book Fair at the Eichborn Verlag stand in Hall 4.1, Stand E 140. Auf einem roten Pluschsofa, flankiert von Gesprachspartnern, deren Fragen es artig beantwortete. Bizarre because its presence was of no further importance for the professional audience rushing by. Even the blond schoolgirls who hung around the Eichborn booth looked perplexed. Not least because the mike on the coffee table remained silent. Perhaps they had overlooked the green bistro board that, in the manner of self-written day cards, announced Peter-Jurgen Boock. Or they couldn’t do anything else with the name and had hoped to see auberplanmabig Karen Duve. After all, their novel topped the Eichborn publishing house’s top ten, while Boock’s was "The kidnapping and murder of Hanns Martin Schleyer. A documentary fiction" only came in fifth place.

Before talking about the book as such, here are a few facts about the author Peter-Jurgen Boock, born in 1951 in North Friesland, from 1969 onwards various reformatories. At the Renghausen home, he meets Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, and Thorwald and Astrid Proll, who – together with students from Frankfurt University – are involved in a nationwide "Home campaign" established contacts with inmates of various asylums. Boock flees Renghausen and leaves the country "with the firm intention of living and fighting with these people in Frankfurt"1. 1975-1980 Member of the Red Army Faction, arrested in Hamburg in 1981, sentenced to several life terms in 1984 and 1986, u.a. for involvement in the murder of banker Jurgen Ponto and the kidnapping and murder of employer president Hanns Martin Schleyer.

Boock maintains his innocence and therefore gets u.a. Support from the Committee for Fundamental Rights and Democracy. 1991 renewed indictment on the basis of statements by former RAF members arrested in the former GDR. 1992 Boock confesses his involvement in the Schleyer kidnapping. 1999 Along on preservation. In the meantime, Boock lives and works as a freelance author and journalist in southern Germany.

In the meantime, Peter-Jurgen Boock has confessed to his crime and written a book about the Schleyer kidnapping. Point to the 25. It was published on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the so-called German Autumn. In the preceding imprem it can be read that the publisher has "decided to publish it because he sees this first account of the inside view of one of the most important historical events of the Federal Republic as a contribution to contemporary history. " Whether Boock’s "documentary fiction" is in fact the "first representation" Whether it is a documentary fiction of its kind is open to question in view of the extensive RAF literature. More interesting is the question of the form that Boock chose, namely the "documentary fiction". In contrast to Jurgen Teipel, who wrote a documentary novel about German punk entitled Verschwende Deine Jugend (cf.RAF, LSD and granini juice) rearranged passages of real interviews – i.e. fictitiously – in Boock’s case both the dialogues and the arrangement are more or less fictitious. Although there were recordings of all the conversations with Schleyer, these tapes have disappeared to this day. What remains, then, is the subjective recollection of the author. Boock knows that no one will believe him if he comes along after a quarter of a century with a verbose speech. That is why he emphasizes this in his introduction: "I try in my to put into words what I I can still remember after 25 years. " (emphasis Boock)

His role in the Schleyer kidnapping is now well known: Boock was one of the four assassins who assassinated the chairman of the Confederation of German Employers and the Federation of German Industries on 5. September 1977 by means of a pileup and a devastating smuggling operation near Koln. During the first 14 days of the 43-day hostage situation, Boock was one of Schleyer’s guards and had numerous conversations with him. With Schleyer’s hostage-taking, the release of the "Stammheim" to be forced. But the Schmidt government remains tough. As the prere of the manhunt increases, Boock and numerous other RAF members flee to Baghdad. There they are offered a so-called support action of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP): The hijacking of a Lufthansa plane. The RAF accepts. Boock helps with preparations, for example by finding ways to smuggle weapons aboard the Landshut. But the operation fails: the hijacked plane is stormed by GSG-9 in Mogadishu. The next morning, the prisoners in Stammheim are found dead or dead on the ground. found seriously injured in their cells. For a part of the RAF it is certain that the detainees were murdered, others, however, evaluate the suicides as a self-determined action. After the demand for the release of the Stammheimers has become pointless, Schleyer is killed shortly afterwards by shot in the neck by unanimous decision of all members of the command and left to the searchers.

What Boock remembers most intensely are the nights with Schleyer. Because at night the kidnappers discussed with Schleyer – about capitalism, the aims of the RAF and the machinations of the German big corporations.

There was a fascination with these talks that even those of us who initially saw the prisoner as the incarnation of all that is evil could hardly resist. Through his answers, he forced us more and more each day to say goodbye to our ideas and prejudices, even if we could not admit this among ourselves. Whoever remembers the left-wing political jargon of the 70s of the 20th century?. If you remember the stereotypical patterns of thought and argumentation of the twentieth century, you will, like me, find it intellectually and linguistically difficult to bear, even embarrassing.

Schleyer also exposes the contradictions in the RAF’s argumentation and consequently ames that the RAF has no plan for the time after the war "Liberation" the Federal Republic has.

Not everyone likes the fact that someone like Boock considers himself an author. Horst Herold, for example, head of the BKA (Federal Criminal Police Office) from 1971 to 1981 and at the time the chief persecutor of the RAF, is sorry about the books written by ex-terrorists who have been released from prison, because they are so

the sovereignty of interpretation is left to the perpetrators. He himself, however, does not want to write any more, cannot write any more, wants to have peace and yet does not want it. It is not only the fear of qualender memory that now prevents him from writing his rough work on terrorism. It is also the perfectionism and the feeling that he may not be up to his standards as an old man.

This is how Heribert Prantl describes in the Suddeutsche Zeitung the dilemma of the man who brought the dragnet to Germany and likes to be called "the last prisoner of the RAF" .

To this day, he still lives in a prefab fortress "prefabricated fortress" behind the walls of a border guard barracks in Upper Bavaria and would probably not even dream of taking a seat like Boock on a red sofa at the Frankfurt Book Fair without massive protective measures. In this respect, one must be deeply grateful to Boock and the Eichborn publishing house that at least at the trade fair there was no trace of the unbearable paranoia of the Lead Age.

Peter-Jurgen Boock The Abduction and Murder of Hanns Martin Schleyer A Documentary Fiction by Peter-Jurgen Boock 176 pages Eichborn Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2002 ISBN 3821839767 Price € 19,90 / SFr 36