Bernard Reichenbach:The KAPD in retrospect - An interview with a member of the Communist Workers Party of Germany
A former member of the anti-parliamentary, councilist KAPD describes his experiences of the German Revolution, his time spent in Moscow amongst the Bolsheviks and the difficulties faced in a revolutionary situation.
Published in Revolutionary History, Vol. 5, No. 2 Spring 1994.
We have omitted the footnotes from this text as they are mainly short biographies of people in the text. This interview first appeared in Solidarity Vol. 6 no.2 when Reichanbach was a militant in the anti-parliamentary Left in Germany. He was interviewed by Rudi Dutschke (RH)
The council-communist Paul Mattick looks back at the German revolution he participated in.
He describes the conflicts and tensions between the various political factions; between communist revolutionaries and social democracy, between German revolutionaries and Russian Bolshevism. He discusses reasons for the failure of the revolution in the context of the wider international situation and the development trends of capitalism.
A short autobiography of Jan Appel, aka Jan Arndt, a German libertarian communist and shipyard worker who most famously hijacked a steam ship to Russia after the German Revolution of 1918.
Appel's experiences during the 1918 Revolution drove him out of the Communist Party, and he subsequently helped found the more radical Communist Workers Party (KAPD).
An interview conducted in 1964 with former KAPD (Communist Workers Party of Germany) member Bernhard Reichenbach about the 1921 Communist International Congress in Moscow, after which the KAPD withdrew from the Comintern.
Moscow 1921 - Meetings in the Kremlin
(Interview with Bernhard Reichenbach - 1964)
L.K. Do you remember your visit to Moscow in 1921 clearly? What were your first impressions?
Detailed information, including first hand reports on the founding in 1920 of the KAPD (Kommunistische Arbeiterpartei Deutschlands - Communist Workers Party of Germany), written by the Communist Workers Organisation in 1998-2000, with notes.
On the Founding of the KAPD
The Kapp Putsch(1)
In March 1920 the German right attempted to seize power and install a military dictatorship.
Appeal to German workers from the Kommunistische Arbeiter-Partei Deutschlands (KAPD - Communist Workers Party of Germany) on the 4th August 1920, with added notes
In 1920 the newly formed KAPD sent a delegation (Franz Jung and Jan Appel) to Moscow to negotiate with the Executive of the III. International and participate at its second congress. As nothing clear was heard from the delegation a second team was sent - Otto Rühle and August Merges.