Historical Notes: Small Thanks

Memories of Marx

Considering the occasion, the 200 people gathered around the enormous bronze bust in London's sprawling Highgate Cemetery formed a pitifully small cluster. Nor did the perfunctory graveside eulogies give the full measure of the man they were meant to honor. Perhaps no ceremony could truly convey the sheer magnitude of the political and social upheaval Karl Marx's writings have wrought around the world. Still, few disciples of the German theoretician of Communism seemed to know last week just how to observe the 100th anniversary of his death.

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