Monthly Archives: April 2012

‘The World Holiday of the Proletariat’; Rosa Luxemburg on May Day

Rosa Luxemburg addresses a crowd in Stuttgart, during the Congress of the Socialist International, 1907. Seated on the left is Clara Zetkin and to the right is Dutch workers leader Troelstra. On the placards are the portraits of Ferdinand Lassalle … Continue reading

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April 1898: Rosa Luxemburg gets married (and a passport)

An April Wedding: Rosa Luxemburg marries Gustav Lübeck in 1898 Aged 27 and recently awarded a PhD for her thesis on ‘The Industrial Development of Poland’, Rosa Luxemburg married the son of her German friends, the Lübecks, in Switzerland. The hapless Gustav … Continue reading

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“I decided to have them killed… I maintain that this decision is morally legitimate”: Captain Waldemar Pabst

Captain Waldemar Pabst, Austria, c. 1925 (Photo: Austrian Archives) Waldemar Pabst was the Chief-of-Staff of the Horse Guards Division (Garde-Kavallerie-Schuetzen-Division), the Freikorps group which was responsible for the arrest and murder of Rosa Luxemburg, as well as several other leading … Continue reading

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Murder Rewarded: how the killers of Rosa Luxemburg avoided punishment in the Weimar Republic (and beyond…)

Toasting Murder: Otto Runge (second from right) and his comrades celebrate the murders of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht with a drink in the Hotel Eden, 15 January 1919. The photo was printed in the Communist ‘Die Rote Fahne’ newspaper … Continue reading

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