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    Kurt Eisner

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    May 14, 1867 – February 21, 1919

    If you are ever in Munich, be it to take in the culture, admire the architecture, or drink your weight in beer, take a stroll on Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse. It's a lovely tree-lined street in the heart of the city.

    With an outline of a dead body etched into the sidewalk.

    In what has to be one of the strangest tributes in history, the outline belongs to Kurt Eisner, who was gunned down on the spot in 1919.

    A year earlier, Eisner organized the revolution that overthrew the Bavarian monarchy. He proclaimed the free Bavarian republic — and became its first prime minister — before an antisemitic German nationalist, the evilly named Anton Graf von Arco auf Valley, murdered him.

    The assassination led to the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic, which is a fascinating story which we will leave for another time.

    For now, we'll just shake our heads at the sidewalk tribute.

    Now for that beer...

    Verdict: Jew.

    July 25, 2013

    See Also

    Friedrich Engels

    Bela Kun

    Eugen Levine

    Olof Palme

    Ernst Toller
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