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Germany debates 'Terrorist Chic'

The Washington Post writes about fashion and an exhibit on art inspired by the 70s terrorist group RAF:

On a side street in Berlin lined with galleries, alternative bookstores and Turkish fast-food joints, hip young people stroll past the Molotov-Cocktail bar wearing T-shirts with red stars and drab military parkas. Most are too young to remember the 1970s, when a group known as the Baader-Meinhof gang terrorized West Germany. Their outfits, however, pay homage to what fashion critics here call "terrorist chic," with some designers even printing "Prada Meinhof" on trendy clothes." (…) "Christopher Daase, a political scientist at Munich University, said in a way, the exhibit is evidence that the RAF -- by becoming a symbol of pop culture -- has finally been stripped of any lingering power. "People wear the RAF insignia, but only because it looks chic," he said. "One could argue that this is the real, true end of the RAF."


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