Fascinating story chronicling the story of one of the largest robbery/terror groups in Denmark. “Blekingegadebanden” (the gang of Blekingegade (street name)” was a group of communist/marxisist/maoistic activists who started out as political activists in the 1960’s and 70’s anti-capitalist and anti-Vietnam War society that in the later 1970’s and especially the 1980’s evolved into a underground group contributing financially to different terrorist organisations through several high profile and highly profitable robberies. This book chronicles the start of the group, how they slowly emerged from political activities and by jumping back and forth in time, place and point of view, the book gives a detailed and nuanced account of these people and how things got so far. By incorporating many different point of views and going back and forth, the story follows the many key persons and their lifes before and during the spectacular case. (I’m assuming book 2 also covers after).
Despite being Danish, I can’t recall ever learning about this group in my History classes. But I remember Baader-Meinhof from both my 9th grade and high school History classes and they figure perifically in this too. This story shouldn’t be overlooked and Peter Øvrig Knudsen’s biography is a good place to start. Reply