Karl Marx - 1818-1883

Sat, 14 Mar 1998 12:09:28 -0700 (MST)
Martha Gimenez (gimenez@csf.colorado.edu)

Manjur Karim reminded me that today is the 115th anniversary of the death
of Karl Marx.

These remarks are from Engels' farewell to his friend at Marx's graveside,
on the 17th of March, 1883:

" On the afternoon of the 14th of March at a quarter to three the greatest
living thinker ceased to think. Left alone for less than two minutes,
when we entered we found him sleeping peacefully in his chair - but for

It is impossible to measure the loss which the fighting European and
American proletariat and historical science has lost with the death of
this man. Soon enough we shall feel the breach which has been broken by
the death of this tremendous spirit.
His name will live through the centuries and so also will his work."

(from Franz Mehring, KARL MARX. Michigan: The University of Michigan
Press, 1973, pp. 531-532).