Thursday, April 26, 2012
Ernst Thalmann Song - His memory lives on
Ernst Thalmann German Communist leader
16 April 1886 – 18 August 1944
In October 1926 Thälmann supported in person the dockers' strike in his home town of Hamburg.
He saw this as solidarity with the British miners' strike which had started on 1 May and had been profitable for Hamburg Docks as an alternative supplier of coal. Thälmann's argument was that this strike-breaking in Hamburg had to be stopped.
We at Democracy and Class Struggle want to remember Ernst Thalmann's and German Workers solidarity with the 1926 Miners strike in Britain has you will not find that in school textbooks, it has been airbrushed from history just like other working class solidarity struggles.
Thälmann spent over eleven years in solitary confinement under the Nazis.
In August 1944, he was transferred from Bautzen prison to Buchenwald concentration camp. There, on 18 August, on Hitler's orders, he was shot
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Posted by nickglais on 4/26/2012 11:15:00 AM