Emil Eichhorn

Eichhorn, Emil


Born Oct. 9, 1863, near Chemnitz; died July 26, 1925, in Berlin. Figure in the German working-class movement; Journalist. Member of the Communist Party of Germany from 1919.

Eichhorn became an active member of the Social Democratic Party in 1893 and served as head of the Social Democratic press bureau from 1908 to 1917. In 1917 he joined the Independent Social Democratic Party of Germany and became the head of its press service. In 1918 he was on the staff of the Russian Telegraph Agency in Berlin. During the November Revolution of 1918, the Berlin Council appointed Eichhorn chief of police in Berlin; he supported the revolutionary workers and soldiers. Eichhorn’s dismissal by the Prussian government on Jan. 4,1919, led to a protest staged by the working people of the city; the protest gained strength and resulted in general turbulence lasting several days.

Eichhorn became a deputy to the Weimar Constituent Assembly in 1919 and was elected to the Reichstag several times.