Karl Liebknecht and the buildings on Schloßplatz

Though most of the ruins of the Berliner Stadtschloß were destroyed in the 1950s, a small piece was preserved. Not only that, it was included in the Staatsratsgebäude, the building of the East German State Council.




The 'Karl Liebknecht Portal' on the Staatsratsgebäude


The balcony of that portal was where, on November 9th 1918, Karl Liebknecht proclaimed a "free socialist socialist republic" in Germany; it didn't end up leading to its establishment and he and fellow communist Rosa Luxemburg were murdered in January 1919 for their part in a communist revolt in earlier that month.
He and Rosa Luxemburg were seen very much as socialist heroes in the GDR. The street on the northern side of Schloßplatz was named after Liebknecht, while Luxemburg had both a street and a square named after her just a little further north from here.

They also put this memorial in one of the niches on the northern side of the Neuer Marstall building:




Karl Liebknecht memorial


The text on it says "On November 9th 1918, Karl Liebknecht proclaims the free socialist republic". You'll see quite a lot of imagery like this, showing the ordinary people as something strong and often larger than life, in East Berlin's socialist monuments, though the fact that Liebknecht seems to be flying superman-style here isn't intentional!

The Staatsratsgebäude is now home to the European School of Management and Technology.

U-Bahn: 
Spittelmarkt (U2) - the closest of the lot, but it's easily walkable from any of these stations.
Alexanderplatz (U2, U85)
S-Bahn: 
Hackescher Markt (S3, S5, S7, S75)
Alexanderplatz (S3, S5, S7, S75)
Location: 
Neuer Marstall
Schloßplatz 7
10178 Berlin
The Staatsratsgebäude
Schloßplatz 1
10178 Berlin

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