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Rolf-Hasso Lutz
January 24, 1943-August 10, 1965

Rolf Hasso Lutz was a 6'4" tall Berkeley foreign student who joined FSM in 1964. We met in Prof. Heinz Politzer's Kafka seminar. Hasso played on the U.C. Berkeley Junior Varsity Rugby team and rode a Norton Atlas 750 motorcycle. He was killed in a head-on collision with a car on Highway 87, outside of Eden Texas on August 10, 1965 and was later buried in the cemetery in Worblingen, Germany after a special equestrian funeral procession., Hasso had been an accomplished show jumper and his local riding club friends came to the funeral on horseback, dressed in formal riding attire. He was the child of an equestrian and a doctor

U. of Victoria /U.C. Berkeley 1965 Free Speech Movement protester from Germany, Rolf Hasso Lutz, who died August 10th, 1965, on a highway, west of Eden, Texas, That was 20 years after being a 2 year old war refugee, fleeing the Russian troops before the Battle of Berlin in 1945, with his mother & her twin sister & his toddler cousin, in a horse drawn carriage, from Pomerania. They survived the trek & made it to West Germany.

In 1964 when he was a student at Berkeley, after studying in Victoria, Hasso stood up for his belief in free speech and academic freedom, was arrested with 800 others in the big FSM protest at Berkeley, but was killed a few months later in a motorcycle accident. I am writing his story as a tribute to his memory. Thanks, Martlet, for bringing it all back to me when I Googled his name and and found your article. This new discussion is a modern manifestation of the struggle for free speech. This twitter stuff is important but seems...so...P.C. petty w. ugly results

.--Susan Peterson

Martlet article


Letter to Judge Crittenden

Your Honor,

I am asked to give my personal reasons for sitting in at Aproul Hall. Part of them were a feeling that the breakdown in communication between students and administration had reached a point were (sic) it might be necessary to express in a gesture and in an act what could not be said in words anymore. More important for me personally was a reaction based on the history of my native country, Germany. After the Nazi rise to power, one of their first things was to abolish the traditional freedom of the universities. Though I see no obvious relation between the political structure of Germany then and the U.S. now, I still feel that a possibility of danger exists even in this country, and I considered it a duty to act and be counted; not as an American, but as a member of a universal culture of students and professors. I did not consider my actions at that time as being impolite to my American guests; I rather felt as an equal to my fellow students on University grounds. As to the charge of resisting arrest, I felt so shocked at the fact that certain authorities found it necessary to use policemen in the manner they did on a campus, that I felt at that time and in those surroundings, that my only course for action could be to follow the Gandhian principle and to dissassociate myself thru passivity. I did, at that time, not feel that I was resisting the officers; I was simply unable to take an active or even helpful part in my own arrest. After attending the trial I perceive a greater complexity in the morality of my behaviour, and I can perceive how society may be justified in taking measures against my action; but still I think that my intentions were honorable and my actions not altogether a menace to society. Though I may have acted wrongly within the limits of this society, there still exist the possibility that my actions were more justified within a wider frame, and that for me as a person they were the only honest and honourable things to do.








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