At the very end of The Baader Meinhof Complex, after the efforts for pressing the RAF leaders free have failed and they thus commited suicide in Stammheim prison, Brigitte Mohnhaupt speaks to the next generation of RAF members, who are enraged that the government allegedly pulled through with the executions they were afraid of.
However, Mohnhaupt directly contradicts them and reveals that it was their plan to commit suicide all along in a controlled community effort:
Mohnhaupt: They are no victims and never were.
RAF member: What? What's that shit now? You yourself said the lives of the Stammheimers are in danger, that we have to get them out now, now! Those were your words.
Mohnhaupt: They have determined their situation till the last moment. That means they did it and not that it was done to them...You never knew those people. Stop seeing them like they were not.
Now the Stammheim deaths have in the past been somewhat of a breeding ground for conspiracy theories and I don't intend to pull the truth of the film's (and largely official) version into question nor debate the ultimate truth of who exactly knew what about whom doing what. But what I do wonder is why Brigitte Mohnhaupt deliberately destroys a possible martyr myth that would support their view of the government. In fact she has previously told only Boock about it and specifically instructed him to keep it to himself. But her ending dialogue has an almost disillusioning quality, especially the final sentence.
Now the film stays decidedly neutral and objective and rather shy of too elaborate character sketches, but it seems quite unusual that she would deliberately contradict a possible legend building this way and I wonder why she would do that. If the film's characters and themes stay shy of an explanation, I'd further ask how accurate this specific scene actually is and if the real Brigitte Mohnhaupt has possibly ever comented on what version about the Stammheim deaths she perpetuated to the rest of the RAF (afterall the film was published not too long after her release from prison).
Or did the writers take complete creative freedom here to insert somewhat of an intentionally demystifying closing statement? Have the filmmakers ultimately attributed a self-reflection to Ms. Mohnhaupt here that might not be completely accurate or how else is that closing dialogue to be interpreted?