Norbert Kröcher

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Norbert Kröcher
Born Norbert Erich Kröcher
(1950-07-14)14 July 1950
Berlin, Germany
Died 16 September 2016(2016-09-16) (aged 66)
Berlin, Germany
Organization Movement 2 June
Spouse(s) Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann

Norbert Erich "Knofo" Kröcher (14 July 1950 – 16 September 2016) was a German terrorist and member of J2M. He was also strongly associated with the second generation of the Red Army Faction. He was the husband of Gabriele Kröcher-Tiedemann.[1]

As a terrorist[edit]

In 1976 Kröcher allegedly planned to kidnap the Swedish politician Anna-Greta Leijon. The goal was to exchange Leijon for 8 of his comrades held in German prisons.[2] The plan, known as Operation Leo, was intercepted by the police and Kröcher was arrested on 31 March in Stockholm. He was deported from Sweden in 1977 and jailed in Germany. He was released in 1989 and did not rejoin the Faction. As of 2005, he was known to live in Berlin. He committed suicide on 16 September 2016 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.[3]


  1. ^ Lasky, Melvin J. (1989). On the Barricades, and off. Transaction Publishers. p. 187. 
  2. ^ Lauterpacht, Elihu (1982). International Law Reports. Cambridge University Press. p. 279. 
  3. ^ "Knofo Kröcher ist tot - junge Welt -". 20 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.