Ernst Thälmann or Thaelmann (16 April 1886 – 18 August 1944) was a German politician, the leader of the Communist Party of Germany KPD during much of the Weimar Republic. He was arrested by the Gestapo in 1933 and held in solitary confinement for eleven years, before being shot in Buchenwald on Adolf Hitler's orders in 1944.
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- There were sometimes in our own ranks comrades who thought themselves cleverer and more capable of judging various questions than was done in the definite decisions of our World Party. Here I stress with the greatest emphasis: our relations with the Comintern, this close, indestructible, firm confidence between the C.P.G. and the C.I. and its Executive—this is one of our Party, the inner-political struggles and disputes in the past and of the higher political maturity of our Party generally.
Quotes about Ernst Thälmann
- Ernest Thalmann was a devoted revolutionary, a good orator with a fine instinct for the worker's temper, he was an excellent medium for expounding theories and ideas laid down by others. He was a poor thinker, and not given to abstract study, even lacking enough self-discipline to reach the cultural and theoretical level of an average Party member.
- James, C. L. R. (1937). "Chapter 12 – "AFTER HITLER, OUR TURN" – THE INTERNATIONAL PURGED". World Revolution 1917-1936: The Rise and Fall of the Communist International. Somerset, England: Purnell and Sons.