On This Day: 14 Oct 1905: Rosa Luxemburg on the Execution of Marcin Kasprzak

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(Above: Marcin Kasprzak (1860- 1905) and the statue of him in Poland)

On 8 September 1905, during the Russian ‘1905 Revolution’, a Polish socialist leader by the name of Marcin Kasprzak was executed in the Warsaw Citadel by the Tsarist authorities.

Kasprzak, aged just 45, had been a mentor and friend of Rosa Luxemburg’s before she left Poland in 1889 and later in exile.

Over a month after the execution, Rosa Luxemburg wrote to her lover and comrade Leo Jogiches, after receiving a ‘sad letter’ from him about Kasprzak:

“Imagine, I dreamed all night last night that Kas[przak] was here and and had spoken with you on party questions while I was listening. When I awoke and realized that everything is overand forever, I fell into a terrible mood and had no desire to get up. In general, I think about him very often and simply cannot come to terms with this fact.”

Source: Georg Adler, Peter Hudis & Annelies Laschitza (eds.), The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg (London & New York: Verso, 2011), 204


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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