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After seeing the movie The Baader-Meinhof Komplex, I was confused by one part, which was how Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof ended up on the list of prisoners to be released at the 1972 Olympics.

I know that the group trained in Jordan with the PLO but is it assumed that Black September, a splinter group, knew who they were?

Out of 200 prisoners whose release was demanded, only these two were in German prison. How did that happen?

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Of course they knew who they were. They were infamous and had been finally caught after an intense manhunt just a few months before the Olympics. Baader-Meinhof was communist terrorists, just like the Black September was. This is probably why. – Lennart Regebro Feb 8 '14 at 3:08
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Being terrorists did not make Black September unknowledgeable negotiators. They naturally added demands that were to be throwaways during the negotiation process, and this was likely one of those; it was a gravy and not a meat demand. – Pieter Geerkens Feb 9 '14 at 3:45

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