Karl Liebknecht

German socialist, editor, and co-founder of the Spartacus League (1871-1919)

Karl Liebknecht was a Socialist leader (1871-1919). He was also one of the representatives of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. From about 1915, he worked with Rosa Luxemburg to define many of the political positions of the Spartacus League. In 1918 and 1919, he was one of the founders of the Communist Party of Germany. In 1919 there as a civil unrest in Berlin, which is known as the Spartacist uprising today. Shortly after the end of the uprising, members of the Prussian army shot Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg.This happened on the orders of Gustav Noske, who was in charge of resolving the many Communist uprisings that happened between 1918 and 1920.

Karl Liebknecht (1871-1919)
A poster that circulated in Berlin, in 1918. The text translates as: "Workers, Citizens, The fatherland will soon fall, save it! It is not threatened from outside, but from inside. The Spartacus group threatens it. Kill their leaders. Kill Liebknecht! Then you'll peace, work and bread - the soldiers from the front