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Somehow all looks a bit like his last resting place, but he only stayed here for a rest. He did more than once. Sometimes the fate has mercy. This is the translation of the inscription:

Karl Marx Memorial Site

In 1837, Karl Marx visited this place.
He was a young student and here he
recovered his strength to keep his work going on.

In 1890, glass workers from Hamburg visited this place.
They were engaged exponents of the Marx Engels doctrine.

From here, they directed the big German wide strike
of the bottle-makers in 1901.
They succeeded.

We can learn, how important it is to spend some time for a rest. And how many rests that all takes.

Mr. Marx was not only a serious worker and enjoyed not only studies. Perhaps here he slept in the whispering shadows of the trees, recovering from one of his beer tours with his fellow thinkers. Of course this site was more peaceful and romantically in those days. Today, this place is a fair penalty for him. There would have been less trouble in the world, the German reunion would have come earlier, when he had been able to express his good thoughts a bit clearer. Therefore we can congratulate the designer of this place. Comrade, at least this project did not fail!

Lets hope that this place will not be the victim of vandalism, property speculation or household difficulties of the Berlin Senate. Here we can pay our tribute not only to the death of a famous person. We pay tribute to his life and raise our bottles solemnly. Don't forget the glass workers who made the bottles and the brewers of course. Cheers Charly!

Thoughts to think about and to keep Karl Marx in memory:

All social life is essentially practical. All mysteries which lead theory to mysticism find their rational solution in human practice and in the comprehension of this practice.

The highest point reached by contemplative materialism, that is, materialism which does not comprehend sensuousness as practical activity, is contemplation of single individuals and of civil society.

The standpoint of the old materialism is civil society; the standpoint of the new is human society, or social humanity.

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.

(Theses On Feuerbach(VIII-XI), © Marx/Engels Internet Archive (
1995, 1999, 2002.)

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