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Gudrun Ensslin

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I am also overcome by fury and helplessness when I read these letters... What twisted thinking! What helplessness! What desperation and brutality against themselves, against me and others.
Son Felix on Gudrun's and Baader's letters in The element of madness. Perlentaucher Medien GmbH (July 12, 2009). Retrieved on Feburary 22, 2010.

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