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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

Meet the wax figure of Karl Marx, have a discussion and philosophize together with him at Madame Tussauds Berlin.

Interesting facts

  • Karl Heinrich Marx was born on May 5 1818 in Trier. He was the son of a lawyer who had converted from Judaism to Protestantism and studied jurisprudence, philosophy and history in Bonn and Berlin. Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, social theorist, political journalist, protagonist of the labor movement as well as critic of civil society and religion. To this day he is, together with Friedrich Engels, one of the most influential theorists of socialism and communism. His theories are still controversial to this day. At Madame Tussauds Berlin you can meet the important theorist, philosophize and have an interesting discussion together with the wax figure of Karl Marx. Who will win this exciting debate at Madame Tussauds Berlin?
  • After studying, he worked as chief editor of the liberal ‘Rheinische Zeitung für Politik, Handel und Gewerbe’ (a newspaper for politics, trade and industry) for a short time. After he had to down the desk of the newspaper because of his radicalism in 1843, Marx went to Paris together with his wife, Jenny von Westphalen. There he met Friedrich Engels, with whom a lifelong friendship was bound. Together, they studied socialism and communism, wrote a few books, and developed the fundamental principles of their later theory. After loosing his Prussian citizenship he was expelled to Paris, where he remained stateless. In Brussels, Marx, together with Engels, founded the "Deutsche Arbeiter-Bildungsverein" (German worker education association) and the "Association démocratique". In this context, the famous ‘The Communist Manifesto’ emerged from the manifesto ‘Bund der Kommunisten’ (Association of the Communists), a radical critique of the bourgeois society and economic order and a call for class struggle against the international proletariat.
  • Marx returned to Cologne in the short term, after having been expelled from Brussels, and headed the newspaper called ‘Neue Rheinische Zeitung’. One year after the revolution in 1848, however, he had to leave Germany again and went to London, where he lived very poorly from his scientific work. At that time his main works including ‘The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon’, ‘A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy’ and the first volume of ‘Capital’, whose volumes 2 and 3 were later published by Friedrich Engels, emerged. Other important writings are ‘Critique of the Gotha Program’ of the Socialist Workers' Party of Germany and its description of the riot of communes in ‘The Civil War in France’. In addition to his writings, Marx was associated with almost all the leaders of the labor movement of the individual countries. Karl Marx died in London on March 14 1883.

Karl Marx

“All revolutions have proven only one thing: a lot of things can be changed, but humanity can't."

Karl Marx