After watching The Baader-Meinhof Complex, I went and asked my Polish pen pal about it.  She had heard of the movie, but didn’t know anything about it.  I explained it was about the Red Army Faction, and we talked for a bit before we realized that we were talking about different things.  She had not, in fact, heard of the Red Army Faction, but was instead talking about that other Red Army… the soviet army.

Apparently, the threat of the Red Army was used to intimidate the Poles whenever there were strikes, etc.  Jaisis refered me to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia for an example of what was being threatened.

So apparently Soviet Block propaganda of the Red Army Faction fighting the good fight was less memorable than the Soviet Block propaganda of the Red Army being terrifying.  Jaisis had not heard of the Red Army Faction at all.