Kommune I: Gesammelte Werke gegen uns.
(Berlin): Selbstverlag, 1967. First edition. Quarto. 60 pages. Scarce publication from K1, founded in 1967 by students of the Student Association (SDS) in West-Berlin, the group was the first politically motivated residential community in Germany. This publication from the time that the community occupied the apartment of the writer Uwe Johnson. Formed to break from what they considered to be narrow-minded and bourgeois concepts, the group became famous for its bizarre staged events that fluctuated between satire and provocation. The first of these was the “pudding assassination” of US Vice-President Hubert Humphrey who was scheduled to visit Berlin. During a demonstration in front of the Deutsche Oper Berlin building protesting against the visit of the Shah of Iran on 2 June 1967 on prominent member of the group Fritz Teufel was arrested and accused of treason. It was not until December that he was released, after he and many students with him had begun a hunger strike. In the streets, sympathizers held wild demonstrations, chanting “Freedom for Fritz Teufel” and “Drive the devil out of Moabit!” (Moabit being Berlin’s prison and Teufel being German for devil). This publication includes details of some of the group’s philosophies, news of Teufel’s imprisonment and more. A very good copy with cover featuring the famous image of the community naked against a wall. Scarce.
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