Hasenclever, Wilhelm

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Hasenclever, Wilhelm


Born Apr. 19, 1837, in Arnsberg; died July 3, 1889, in Schöneberg. German social democrat; Lassallean.

In his youth Hasenclever was a leather worker. He acquired a reputation as a poet. In 1864 he joined the Lassallean General German Workers’ Union and was its chairman during 1871-75. Hasenclever’s opportunistic position as one of the leaders of the Lassallean union was sharply criticized by Marx and Engels. In 1875, after the unification of the Lassal-leans with the Eisenach group into a single social democratic party (called the Socialist Workers’ Party of Germany until 1890), Hasenclever was elected one of the party’s chairmen. During 1876-78 he and W. Liebknecht edited the central organ of the social democratic party, Vorwärts.


Engels, F. “V Internatsionale.” In K. Marx and F. Engels, Soch., 2nd ed., vol. 18.
Engels, F. A. Bebeliu, 18-28 marta, 1875. (Letter.) Ibid., vols. 19, 34.
Engels, F. A. Bebeliu, 10-11 maia 1883. (Letter.) Ibid., vol. 36.
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