Category Archives: Karl Liebknecht

95 Years Ago Today: Rosa Luxemburg was murdered in Berlin

95 years ago today, on 15 January 1919, Rosa Luxemburg was detained, interrogated and murdered by right-wing soldiers under the command of socialist Defence Minister Gustav Noske. Today she is remembered around the world for her life and ideas. Born … Continue reading

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Annual Liebknecht-Luxemburg Demonstration in Berlin (12 Jan 2014)- Pictures and Videos

On Sunday, the traditional demonstration to mark the anniversary of the murders of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht was held in Berlin. The annual demonstration is traditionally held on the Sunday before the anniversary, which is on 15 January. This … Continue reading

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On This Day: 13 January 1919: The ‘Spartacist Rising’ ends in failure… but for Rosa Luxemburg the resulting order is nothing but a ‘House of Cards’

(The ‘Vorwarts’ newspaper building after being re-taken by government forces- 11 Jan 1919 (International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam) and an anti-Spartacist flyer from the same date (Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM), Berlin) Over the weekend of 11- 12 January, government … Continue reading

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On This Day: 10 January 1919: The Spartacist Rising

By Friday 10 January 1919, it had become clear to most of those involved that the demonstrations, strikes and armed struggle known as the ‘Spartacist Rising’, against the Ebert-Scheidemann was failing.  The government had gained the upper hand in Berlin, … Continue reading

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On This Day: 9 January 1919: The Spartacist Rising

(Karl Liebknecht gives a speech at the Siegesaule, January 1919- Deutsches Historisches Museum) On 9 January 1919, as demonstrations and strikes against the Ebert-Scheidemann government continued, the leadership began to disintegrate. The Independent Social Democrats, Revolutionary Shop Stewards and Communists … Continue reading

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On This Day: 7 January 1919: The Spartacist Rising

Demonstration at the Siegessaule in Berlin, called by the Independent Socialists and others, 7 January 1919 (Mary Evans Picture Library) On Tuesday 7 January, the demonstrations against the Ebert-Scheidemann government continued. The ‘Revolutionary Committee’, made up of Independent Socialists, Communists … Continue reading

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On This Day: 6 January 1919: The Spartacist Rising

  (Occupation of the Newspaper District in Berlin by revolutionary demonstrators, 6 January 1919) On 6 January 1919, some 200,000 Berliners demonstrated against the social-democratic government of Friedrich Ebert and Philipp Scheidemann,  formed in the November Revolution which had overthrown … Continue reading

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