Appeal to support the publication of ‘The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg’ in English

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Below is an appeal for funds to support the Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg from the editors. Please consider supporting this very important project, which is making all of Luxemburg’s writings and letters available to English readers for the first time:

Support the ongoing effort to produce

The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg

The effort to issue The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg has reached a critical phase, and we appeal for your help in enabling future volumes to be published.

The Complete Works was inaugurated in March 2011 with the 600-page Letters of Rosa Luxemburg, the largest collection of her correspondence ever published in English. Volume I of the Complete Works, entitled Economic Writings 1, was published in 2013 and contains the first full English translation of one of her most important books, Introduction to Political Economy, as well as eight newly-discovered manuscripts on anthropology, economic history, and the theory of crises. Volume II, entitled Economic Writings 2, was published in 2015 and contains a new translation of The Accumulation of Capital and the Anti-Critique.

We are now raising funds to cover the costs of translation of her Political Writings, beginning with three volumes (Vols. 3, 4 and 5) devoted to “On Revolution.” They will contain all of her writings on the 1905-06 Russian Revolution, 1917 Russian Revolution, and 1918-19 German Revolution. These reveal Luxemburg at her finest—as a fierce supporter of revolutionary democracy, with a sensitive grasp of spontaneous freedom struggles as well as of non-hierarchical forms of organization. Many of these writings—a large number of them translated from Polish—have never appeared in print since their initial publication, and most have never before appeared in English.

The Complete Works will make her entire body of work available for the first time in any language. All of the writings will be newly translated, with the highest level of scholarly editing. But we cannot continue to commission translations without your support. We need to raise an additional $35,000 to help pay for the translation costs of the next three volumes.

We urge you to make a contribution to the Rosa Luxemburg page of the Toledo Fund, at

There is no better way of celebrating Luxemburg’s birthday on March 5 and International Women’s Month.

—The Editorial Board, Rosa Luxemburg Complete Works

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96 Years Ago Today: Rosa Luxemburg was murdered in Berlin

97 Years Ago Today…


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96 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 in Russian-Poland in a middle-class Jewish family in 1873, Rosa Luxemburg emigrated to Switzerland after completing High School and enrolled at Zurich University. Whilst still a student she co-founded the Social Democracy of the Kingdom of Poland (SDKP, later SDKPiL), with Leo Jogiches, Adolf Warszawski and Julian Marchlewski, before being awarded a doctorate in 1897.

The following year, she moved to Berlin and joined the German Social-Democratic Party (SPD), then the largest and most powerful socialist organisation in the world. She rose to prominence on the left-wing of the SPD as a firebrand speaker, journalist and theoretician, writing works on economics, nationalism, imperialism, war, socialism and democracy.

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

Post on the annual Luxemburg-Liebknecht memorial demo (being held today in Berlin) from back in 2014…


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 year an estimated 10,000 marchers took part.

Here are a selection of pictures, videos and links covering the demonstration:

Video report of demonstrations and wreath laying (RBB):

Video of demonstrations and at Cemetery:

Video coverage from the Berliner Zeitung newspaper:

More video coverage:

Fifteen minutes of film coverage from the demonstrations:

And photos from the day from Tagesspiegel (


(1. demonstrators marching through Berlin, 2. people paying their respects at the Memorial to the Socialists at the Friedrichsfelde Cemetery, where Luxemburg and Liebknecht were buried, and 3. Leaders of Die Linke (The Left Party) lay wreaths at the graves- Oksar Lafontaine, Gregor Gysi and Gesine Lotzsch) (Photos:…

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Red Rosa! Event at Waterstones, Piccaddily Circus, 7pm Mon 30th Nov, with Kate Evans and Rory Castle

Red Rosa by Kate Evans (Verso, 2015)


A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost figures of the twentieth century left. In this new graphic biography of, Kate Evans takes us through Rosa’s story from her childhood in Poland right through to the turbulent events of the First World War and her untimely death in 1919. Rosa overcame physical infirmity and the prejudice she faced as a Jew to become an active revolutionary whose philosophy enriched every corner of an incredibly productive and creative life – her many friendships, her sexual intimacies, and her love of science, nature and art.

Join Kate Evans and Rory Castle to discuss Rosa’s extraordinary life and work, her enduring influence and the power of comics to convey political and social issues.

This event is free but to reserve your place please email

Kate Evans is a cartoonist, artist, and activist. She is the author of numerous books and zines including Bump: How to Make, Grow and Birth a Baby and Funny Weather: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know about Climate Change but Probably Should Find Out.

Rory Castle is a historian specialising in modern Polish, German, Jewish and Russian history and identity. He recently completed a phd on the life of Rosa Luxemburg at Swansea University, and his research was recently cited in the Jacqueline Rose’s acclaimed ‘Women In Dark Times’

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Excerpts from excellent new Rosa Luxemburg graphic novel by Kate Evans published in ‘The Nation’…

For an extensive excerpt from this excellent new graphic biography, see the piece in ‘The Nation’ here.

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A visit to the Pavilion X of the Warsaw Citadel (where Rosa Luxemburg was imprisoned during the 1905 Revolution)

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Photos from a visit to the Pavilion X of the Warsaw Citadel, where Rosa Luxemburg was imprisoned for several months in 1906 during the 1905-06 Revolution which rocked the Russian Empire.

Luxemburg was eventually released as a result of a large bail payment made by her family and the German Social-Democratic Party, international pressure, and threats of terrorist reprisals against Tsarist officials by some revolutionaries. She travelled via St Petersburg to Finland, on to Sweden, and eventually returned to Germany. She was never able to return to her native Poland.

Read more about Luxemburg’s experiences in prison in Warsaw (including extracts from her letters) in an earlier blog post here.

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Rosa Luxemburg’s ‘Social Reform or Revolution?’ in Yiddish available online


Originally published in New York in 1921, a Yiddish translation of Rosa Luxemburg’s ‘Social Reform or Revolution?’ is now available to download here courtesy of the Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library.

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