‘I was, I am, I shall be!’: 93rd Anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg’s Funeral (13 June 1919)

The funeral procession passing through the streets of Berlin (Photo: Deutsches Historisches Museum)

On 13 June 1919, almost five months after her murder, the body of Rosa Luxemburg was buried in Berlin’s Friedrichsfelde Cemetery, next to Karl Liebknecht and the other victims of the January fighting. The funeral procession acted as a quiet, peaceful protest by the fledgling Communist Party and other left-wingers against the violence and persecution which was at that time still ongoing. In attendance were the leaders of the Communist Party, Rosa’s friends and relatives, including her brother Jozef and nephew Kazimir, then aged five.

Banner at the funeral bearing Rosa’s last written words: ‘I was, I am, I shall be!’

Rosa Luxemburg’s coffin (Photo: International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam)

Graves of Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, Friedrichsfelde Cemetery, 1919.


About rosaluxemburgblog

I was awarded a PhD in History by Swansea University for a thesis on Rosa Luxemburg (2016). I am currently co-editing the fourth volume of 'The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg' and am a member of the Advisory Board of the International Rosa Luxemburg Society.
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1 Response to ‘I was, I am, I shall be!’: 93rd Anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg’s Funeral (13 June 1919)

  1. Good blog. I went to see the spot where her body was thrown into the Landwehr in the Tiergarten. Berliners passed it by and did not know what it was all about as I lay a wreath of flowers to this, one of the greatest socialist writers of all time.

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