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mas organic zucchini mas Runge and Drager were left alone at the post, the latter told Runge that if he (Runge — trans.) did not carry out the orders then Drager himself will kill K. Liebknecht and R. Luxemburg with his bayonet. To which Runge replied that ‘the order has been given and I will carry it out’
mas after a few minutes the director (his name is not established) of the hotel walked out of the main entrance. He was on the right, in the middle was R. Luxemburg and to the left was lieutenant Vogel, who pushed R. Luxemburg out of the hotel directly towards the guard Runge. Runge was prepared for the murder and with the full swing of the hand struck Luxemburg with the butt of the rifle on the left side of her face and shoulder, under the impact of which the latter fell to the ground, but was still alive and attempted to stand up.
mas 4 soldiers came out of the hotel, and along with lieutenant Vogel dragged R. Luxemburg into the same car in which she had been brought to the hotel. They themselves got into the car. Vogel took out a pistol and in that very place shot Luxemburg in the head.
mas the following persons walked out of the hotel: captain-lieutenant Pflugk-Hartung, his brother, captain Pflugk-Hartung, Oberlieutenant Rithin, oberlieutenant (illegible in the original document), lieutenant Shultz, lieutenant Liepmann soldier Friedrich and among them was K. Liebknecht who was taken away by them in a car parked on the other side of the road.
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And when you said I pleased you, I looked aside

at the hot town and the fearful grove on its orange plain;

here was an end of confusion, beginning of pride,

the present was born and the past had subtly died

and you were beside me in Spain.


When you said you loved me, I saw the future stand up

free and alive, but through the open window

the railroad tracks led into silence, a wild cup

of silence held the year whose fires would not stop

while the world lay under war-shadow.


When I left you, you stood on the pier and held

your face up and never smiled, saying what we had found

was a gift of the revolution—and the boat sailed

while for a moment my sons emerged and stood in the world

as a line of shadows that fell back in the ground.


—(previously unpublished poem 1936 – 1939?)

from “BARCELONA, 1936” & SELECTIONS FROM THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR ARCHIVE by Muriel Rukeyser.

Otto Boch, Bavarian socialist, Olympic distance runner and internationalist volunteer, was killed with 600 others in battle on the Sargasso Front on the Rio Segre in the Spanish Civil War.

Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative features extra-poetic work — correspondence, journals, critical prose, and transcripts of talks — of New American Poets, their precursors and followers. These primary documents are uncovered in archival research and edited by students and scholars at The Graduate Center, CUNY, as well as visiting fellows and guest editors, and prepared by Ammiel Alcalay, General Editor. Lost & Found puts into wider circulation essential but virtually unknown texts to expand our knowledge of literary, cultural, social, and political history.

http://www.lostandfoundbooks.org/

Series II (Spring 2011)

Series ISBN: 978-0-615-43350-9

Selections from El Corno Emplumado/ The Plumed Horn
ed. Margaret Randall

Diane di Prima: The Mysteries of Vision: Some Notes on H.D.
ed. Ana Božičević

Diane di Prima: R.D.’s H.D.
ed. Ammiel Alcalay

Barcelona, 1936: Selections from Muriel Rukeyser’s Spanish Civil War Archive
ed. Rowena Kennedy-Epstein

Jack Spicer’s Translation of Beowulf:Selections
eds. David Hadbawnik and Sean Reynolds

Robert Duncan: Olson Memorial Lecture #4
eds. Erica Kaufman, Meira Levinson, Bradley Lubin, Megan Paslawski, Kyle Waugh, Rachael Wilson, and Ammiel Alcalay

Series I (Fall 2010)

Amiri Baraka & Edward Dorn: Selections from the Collected Letters, 1959–1960
ed. Claudia Moreno Pisano

The Correspondence of Kenneth Koch & Frank O’Hara: 1955–1956 (Parts I and II)
ed. Josh Schneiderman

Darwin & the Writers: Muriel Rukeyser
ed. Stefania Heim

Philip Whalen’s Journals: Selections (Parts I and II)
ed. Brian Unger

The 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference/Robert Creeley’s Contexts of Poetry: with selections from Daphne Marlatt’s Journal Entries
ed. Ammiel Alcalay

ROSA LUXEMBURG MYSTERY CONTINUES

Berlin authorities have seized what is believed to be the corpse of the post-World War I German communist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, according to a report published in Thursday’s edition of the mass-circulation daily Bild. The public prosecutor’s office reportedly took possession of the headless, handless and footless torso of “Red Rosa” after a judge ordered an autopsy that will allow the body to be buried.

Investigators told Bild that a “formal investigation of the cause of death” will be conducted “by Friday, at the latest.”

In an ironic twist, it was an autopsy report that originally led to speculation that Luxemburg’s body had never left Berlin’s Charité hospital in June 1919 in the first place. In May, Michael Tsokos, head of the hospital’s Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences department stated his belief that a corpse he had found in the hospital’s cellar might belong to Rosa Luxemburg. When examining the medical examiner’s report associated with the corpse, Tsokos noticed a number of suspicious irregularities in both the details of the report and the way one of the originally examining physicians added an addendum in which he distanced himself from the conclusions of his colleague, which Tsokos called “a very unusual occurrence.”

Suspicious, Tsokos had a number of elaborate tests, such as carbon dating and computer tomography exams, performed on the corpse. The tests determined that it had been waterlogged, had belonged to a woman between 40 and 50 years old at the time of death, that she had suffered from osteoarthritis and that she had legs of different lengths.

‘Striking Similiarities’

As Tsokos told SPIEGEL in May, he concluded that the corpse bore “striking similarities with the real Rosa Luxemburg.”

At the time of her death, Luxemburg was the 47-year-old co-founder of Germany’s Communist Party (KPD)*. She suffered from a congenital hip ailment that left her with a permanent limp, which in turn caused her legs to be of different lengths. And after her violent death at the hands of right-wing paramilitaries in January 1919, her body was thrown into Berlin’s Landwehr Canal.

Even the missing hands and feet fit with Tsokos’ theory. When the revolutionary was thrown into the canal, eyewitnesses say weights were tied to her ankles and wrists with wire. During the months her corpse spent under water, they could have easily severed her extremities.

In the spring, when the canal thawed out, Luxemburg’s body was recovered and taken to Charité hospital for an autopsy. Soon thereafter, a body — though presumably not hers — was placed in a grave with her name on it in Berlin’s Friedrichsfelde Cemetery. The site has been visited every year by a procession of old communists and young left-wing activists, who march through the streets of the former East Berlin to lay red carnations on her gravestone and honor her as a martyr to the communist cause. The remains that were once placed in that grave could not be used in resolving the mystery because they disappeared after virulently anti-communist Nazis attacked and plundered the graves in 1935.

*Decades after Luxemburg’s death, the dissidents who helped to bring down the Berlin Wall were fond of quoting her maxim: Freedom is always the freedom of the dissenter.

Der Spiegel, 12-17-2009, http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,667606,00.html

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