With a traditional wreath-laying ceremony and many red carnations, thousands of Berliners gathered today and paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party – Rosa Luxembourg and Karl Liebknecht at the Berlin Friedrichsfelde memorial for Socialists where both Rosa Luxembourg and Karl Liebknecht are buried.
The annual event, this year marks the 92st anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht who were murdered in post-war Berlin on January 15th, 1919, during turbulent times in the early days of the Weimar Republic.
Many thousands attended a memorial service in Berlin on Sunday to honour the Communist heroes Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two Berlin revolutionaries who were murdered in 1919 by the so-called ‘Frei-korps’ a precursor of the later Nazis.
‘Die Linke’, the Left Party, – the only official party in the Bundestag which can claim some ancestry to them both led the march to and into the cemetery. About 40,000 people attended last year’s 91st anniversary.
Die Linke, are the former ‘Communist Party of Democratic Socialism’, which merged with the disaffected left wing Social Democrats of the SPD.
After some speeches, wreaths and red carnations were laid at the Socialist Monument in the Friedrichsfelde Cemetery in northern Berlin a meeting was later held at the Volksbuhne at Rosa Luxemburgplatz where a discussion sponsored by Die Linke called ‚RAGE against the Capitalist Machine“ or in German ‘gegenBANKENmacht‘. http://www.volksbuehne-berlin.de/praxis/gegenbankenmacht/?id_datum=4465
Read my previous article about Berlin in which both Rosa Luxemburg & Karl Liebknecht are woven into the history of Berlin over centuries -http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/09/17/berlin-%E2%80%98historical-hysterical%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-a-berlin-mini-history-dynamic-metropolis-with-a-dynamic-history-%E2%80%93-study-it-and-learn-from-it-%E2%80%93-part-3-by-contributor-emil-h/
To read further about the history of their death – http://revolutionarydemocracy.org/rdv5n1/luxembrg.htm
Demonstration and meeting in Berlin today/Sunday to honor Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two Berlin revolutionaries – by contributor Emil Hoogensteyn from OTA Berlin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License. If you use this article or parts of it, please refer to http://www.ota-berlin.de.
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