SHORT LIFE AND DEATH OF A BERLIN REVOLUTION: SPARTATAKUSAUFSTAND

6 Jan

This happened nearly 100 years ago! Can we learn from it?

KREUZBERGED BERLIN

On January 11, 1919 hell breaks loose in front of the building of Vorwärts, a newspaper run by SPD (Social Democratic Party) in Lindenstrasse 3 in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Lindenstrasse in 1929: the building of Vorwärts, at No. 3, third from the left (photo: Kreuzberg Museum) Lindenstrasse in 1929: the tall building of Vorwärts, at No. 3, fourth from the left (photo: Kreuzberg Museum)

The building had been occupied since January 4 by members of several far-left groups, one of them known as Spartakusbund. Only a couple of days before the uprising began, the Spartacists´ League founded by Rosa Luxemburg, Clara Zetkin and Karl Liebknecht in response to the Social Democratic Party´s inability (or lack of good will) to represent the working class, took a new name: German Communist Party (KPD).

The occupation of the SPD´s „media centre“ (newspapers at the time had terrific power: they were the most influential source of information and could literally decide the fate of the land) was the last chapter…

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2 Responses to “SHORT LIFE AND DEATH OF A BERLIN REVOLUTION: SPARTATAKUSAUFSTAND”

  1. stuartbramhall January 8, 2017 at 5:43 am #

    My great grandfather was involved in the anarchist movement in Hamburg prior to World War I. He was forced to flee to the US to avoid arrest.

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