Rolf Clemens Wagner

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Rolf Clemens Wagner
Born (1944-08-30)30 August 1944
Hohenelbe, Germany
Died 11 February 2014(2014-02-11) (aged 69)
Bochum, Germany
Organization Red Army Faction

Rolf Clemens Wagner (30 August 1944 – 11 February 2014) was a former member of the Red Army Faction (RAF).[1]


Wagner carried out most of his terrorists actions in the 1970s, and became an active member of the second generation RAF. Some of the major points of his terrorist career are listed below;

On 19 November 1979, Wagner was arrested in Zurich.

Imprisonment and release[edit]

Wagner was extradited to West Germany, and in 1985 he was sentenced to two life terms in prison for murder. His sentence was extended however when another RAF member, Werner Lotze, made a statement implicating Wagner in the Haig attack, and he was sentenced to another 12 years imprisonment.[6]

In 2003 president Johannes Rau pardoned Wagner, who was then 59 and suffering from ill-health.

Wagner caused controversy again in October 2007 when he made a statement about his previous crimes;[7]

In retrospect, many of our decisions seem correct even today. Take, for example, the decision to kidnap Hanns-Martin Schleyer. He, with his SS history, acting as the business leader in the occupied zones and in his new role as strong-arm and President of the Employers Association; we didn’t choose him by chance.

Many members of German society were outraged at Wagner’s remarks,[8] such as Rupert Scholz, the former Federal Minister of Defense who called for Wagner to be charged with “speech encouraging criminality.” [9]


  1. ^ "Gedanken zu rolf clemens wagner" (in German). 23 February 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Aust, Stefan (1987) Der Baader Meinhof Komplex. Bodley Head Ltd Publishing, ISBN 978-0-370-31031-2
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  4. ^ Herf, Jeffrey (2007) An Age of Murder Ideology and Terror in Germany, 1969–1991. Department of History, University of Maryland
  5. ^ "Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF) Documents". Archived from the original on 5 December 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rolf Clemens Wagner, Thoughts On The End Of The Red Army Fraction". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sketchy Thoughts: red army faction". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "show/127594.html". Earth Times. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ex-RAF-Terrorist: Wagner ruft Staatsanwalt auf den Plan – Der Terror der RAF" (in German). 18 October 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2014.