15/1/1919 Liebknecht and Luxemburg murdered by the Freikorps

The paramilitary Freikorps have crushed the Spartacist revolt that had threatened Ebert‘s government. Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg went into hiding, as did other Spartacist leaders.

Today Liebknecht and Luxemburg are captured by a Freikorps unit. Under the direction of Captain Waldemar Pabst, the two are interrogated and tortured. Both are clubbed in the face with rifle butts before Pabst orders them shot. Luxemburg’s body is dumped in a canal while Liebknecht is deposited in a morgue with other unidentified corpses.

image sources:

Rosa Luxemburg in 1915 (Wikipedia)

Karl Liebknecht (Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) on Twitter)

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