Rosa Luxemburg [1871-1919], the Polish-born revolutionary and writer, was one of the most original theoretical minds of the early twentieth century. Her work stands as a testament to the great social of upheavals of the time and a life lived in struggle for a better world.
She ultimately suffered for her convictions, spending time in jail between 1904 and 1906 and again for three and a half years for opposing the First World War, before her brutal and untimely death in 1919 at the hands of the proto-fascistic Freikorp.
To commemorate the occasion of Rosa Luxemburg’s death, Verso has published a short extract of The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg on their website. The letter, written around Christmas 1917 from her prison cell in
to fellow SPD-member Sophie Liebknecht, relates an incident in the prison
courtyard between a guard and a buffalo carrying piles of torn and bloodied
clothes sent from the frontlines.
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