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Where Was Karl Marx Buried?

Where Was Karl Marx Buried?

Karl Marx was buried in Highgate Cemetery in North London on 17 March, 1883. Following the death of his wife, Jenny, in December 1881, Marx developed a catarrh that kept him in ill health for the last 15 months of his life. It eventually brought on the bronchitis and pleurisy that killed him in London on 14 March 1883 (age 64).

He died a stateless person; family and friends buried him. There were between nine and eleven mourners at his funeral. On his gravestone are carved these sentences from his works: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.” “Workers of all lands, unite.”

Karl Marx had German-Jewish parents. He started work as a journalist, after attending university in Bonn, Berlin and Jena where he studied law, philosophy and history. When he was 25 his newspaper was closed down, and he left Germany in search of freedom. After being expelled from France he went to Brussels where with Frederick Engels he wrote, The Communist Manifesto.

He eventually settled in England, where he lived with his family in poverty in Soho, London. It was here that he wrote his classic work Das Kapital, which describes in an historical setting the working of the capitalist system and what Marx felt would be its ultimate evolution into control of all the means of production and supply by the workers.

Content for this question contributed by Lisa Daniels, resident of Booneville, Mendocino County, California, USA