Rosa Luxemburg flees Poland to become a leading theorist in German Social Democracy. At first, the debate over revolutionary principles is abstract – then the 1905 revolution breaks out, and Luxemburg goes undercover, into thick of the action, in Warsaw, only to find herself in jail. On her release, she writes a pamphlet that shakes the reformist leaders of Western Europe to their core.
In the following videos, which were made in the course of the last few years or also on her 150th birthday, we look back at the life and work of Rosa Luxemburg.
Rosa Luxemburg is teaching Marxism to German workers – but Marx wrote Das Kapital fifty years before, and capitalism has changed. Luxemburg writes a book predicting the downfall of imperialism, on the eve of a war in which millions will die. From her prison cell, as she attacks the hypocrisy and slaughter, even some revolutionaries think she has gone too far.
First Russia, then Germany. Released from her prison cell as the German empire collapses, Rosa rushes to Berlin to form the Communist Party. Amid mass protests and the formation of workers and soldiers councils, she is torn between caution and the need to push hard for a break with the old order. After a failed…
An animated short film by renowned young artist Viet Su Kieu Hung in cooperation with the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southeast Asia about Rosa Luxemburg’s life. Full of dedication, the film reconstructs Rosa Luxemburg’s life to show her incomparable legacy. Through an imaginary letter that Rosa could have written in the last moments of her extraordinary life, we…
“Rosa Luxemburg’s legacy, texts, work and organizational construction inspire women who seek to occupy a political office to position ourselves and be protagonists of a transformation and social revolution”, says Erika Hilton, city councilor in Sao Paulo. Parliamentarians and activists from Brazil, Chile, and Germany reflect on the significance of Rosa Luxemburg for their current…
From 1889, she studied in Zurich. She enrolled in philosophy, mathematics, botany and zoology, and later studied political science and national economics. Only in Switzerland was higher education accessible to women at that time.
An interview with Peter Hudis, editor of the Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, published by Verso Books in cooperation with the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
To mark the 100th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg’s assassination, Eleanor Penny from the London-based media collective Novara Media travelled to Berlin in January 2019.