On this day in 1919, German revolutionary leaders Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg were murdered by right-wing militia members as the Sparticist uprising was brutally suppressed. Here’s the punk band Normahl performing the leftist anthem penned by Bertolt Brecht in Liebknecht and Luxumburg’s memory, “Auf, Auf Zum Kampf” (“Up, Up Let’s Fight”).

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.