Rosa, Karl 1919

Submitted by dalcassian on 30 March, 2014 - 12:42

We can say:
Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht,
You are no longer in the circle
Of the living
But you are present amongst us,
We sense your mighty spirit,
We will fight under your banner,
Our fighting ranks shall be covered
By your moral grandeur!
And each of us swears
If the hour comes,
If the revolution demands it,
To perish without trembling
Under the same banner
As that under which you perished.

Trotsky, speaking just after the deaths of Karl Liebnecht and Rosa Luxemburg, in January 1919. The editing and typographical re-arrangement is ours.

Click here for original speech on Marxist Internet Archive.

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