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Rudi Dutschke Shot

11 April 1968
BG B19/537

On April 11, at 5.23 p.m., on the the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, the unskilled painter Josef Erwinn Bachmann fired three shots into Rudi Dutschke's face. The life of the student leader was in danger, but he survived. Only a few hours before the attempt, Dutschke had been asked whether he was afraid of a criminal assault: "No fear, no. It may happen, but friends keep an eye on me. Normally I don't walk about on my own. Of course, some neurotic or lunatic can always go completely crazy." Inspired by the authorities and the Springer press, political conflict had focused on the person of Rudi Dutschke for months already. The twenty-eight year old Dutschke was branded Enemy of the People no. 1, to be rounded up: Gas Dutschke!