On This Day: 19 June 1905: A Postcard from Rosa Luxemburg to Karl Kautsky’s Mother

(Photo: IISH)

On 19 June 1905, Rosa Luxemburg and her close friend Luise Kautsky sent this postcard to Luise’s mother-in-law Minna Kautsky. They were taking a holiday at St. Gilgen, Switzerland. Just a few months later, Rosa was in Warsaw leading Polish workers during the 1905 Revolution.

The postcard reads:

“Dear Granny!

There we both are. How do we please you? How are things with you? Hopefully very good! I think of you often and send you my heartfelt greetings. I’m very well myself.

Your Rosa.”

The Kautskys; Minna, Karl and Luise:

(Photo: IISH)

Minna Kautsky (1837- 1912) was a an author of socialist-oriented books for children. She was the mother of Karl Kautsky.

(Photo: IISH)

Karl Kautsky (1854- 1938), was a leading Marxist thinker, known as ‘the Pope of Marxism’ after the death of Friedrich Engels. He was a friend of Rosa Luxemburg until 1910. He died in exile in Amsterdam. His wife, Luise Kautsky (1864- 1944) remained close friends with Rosa after the latter broke with her husband publicly in 1910. Luise wrote several books about Rosa during the 1920s and 1930s. She also smuggled many of Rosa’s letters and papers out of Germany, which she deposited at the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam for safekeeping. Shortly afterwards, in 1944, she was deported from Amsterdam to the Westerbork concentration camp, and then to Auschwitz, where she was murdered.


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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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