Bebel, August

POLITICIAN (GERMANY)
BORN 22 Feb 1840, Köln-Deutz - DIED 13 Aug 1913, Passugg (Switzerland)
GRAVE LOCATION Zürich: Friedhof Sihlfeld A (Gruppe C, FG 81079)

In 1867 August Bebel was one of the founders of the Sächsische Volkspartei, together with Wilhelm Liebknecht. In 1869 he was also a founding member of the SDAP, which transformed into the SAPF in 1875 and then the SPD in 1890.

In 1872 he was convicted of treason and he was imprisoned at the Königstein fortress near Dresden until 1874. Later he became a member of the Reichstag for the Social Democrats and he was chairman of the SPD. In 1879 he published "Die Frau und der Sozialismus" (published in England as "Woman under Socialism"), an influential theoretical work that supported the spreading of Marxist ideas in Germany.

He lived for many years in Berlin-Schöneberg, but he died during a stay at a sanatorium in Switzerland and was buried at the Sihlfeld Cemetery in Zürich.

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
• Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmten Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1973

Images

The grave of August Bebel at the Sihlfeld Cemetery, Zürich.
Picture by Androom (18 Aug 2005)

 


Becher, Johannes Robert

Published: 1 Aug 2008
Last update: 10 May 2013