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Bekanntmachung über die Feierlichkeiten anläßlich der Bestattung der "gefallenen Opfer des beklagenswerthen Bürgerkampfes" am 16.10.1848

  • Einblattdruck
  • Harth & Schultze; Berlin (Druck)
  • Berlin (Stadt)
  • 20.10.1848

“Fellow citizens”
Call by the funeral organising commission, 20 October 1848

This poster calls on Berliners to join a funeral procession. Eight days earlier, workers destroyed a new machine at the Köpenick field because they saw it as a threat to their jobs. The subsequent firing of 100 workers then led to violently quelled protests and barricade battles. On 20 October the dead are set to be buried.

Representatives of the workers and groups allied with them initially wanted a funeral with honours, like those for the dead of 18 March. This was rejected by the city government, however, which argued that the workers had revolted against authorities. In this poster, the organisers of the funeral procession invite all Berlin’s trade organisations, fraternities, associations and clubs to take part. They thereby address all social and political forces that favour a republic and increasingly view the protracted negotiations for a constitution as an end to the revolution. These groups consist largely of people with democratic leanings.

The poster shows that the unified revolutionary stand taken against the authoritarian monarchy on 18 March is now dissolving. The political mood in the city is marked by ever greater mutual distrust. Only democratic-leaning people join the procession, although they number in the tens of thousands. The citizens’ defence force is represented only in part, and Berlin officials not at all. The dead are buried at the Jerusalem cemetery on what is today Mehringdamm.

Detailed information

Object type
Involved Persons/Corporate Bodies
Harth & Schultze; Berlin (Druck)
Period Produced
Exhibition Format
Druck, auf Karton kaschiert
51,80 x 40,30 cm
Places / Cultures
Berlin (Stadt)
SSB Documents, SSB Collection Revolution of 1848-49
Exhibition Location
Exhibition & Module
SSB01 BERLIN GLOBAL / SSB01 03 Revolution / SSB01 03 1848
Owner/Managing Institution
Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin
Inventory Number
IV 59/1119 S

Additional Information



Heute Freitag, den 20. October 1848,|
um 2 Uhr Nachmittags, werden die am|
vorigen Montag gefallenen Opfer des|
           beklagenswerthen Bürgerkampfes|


               Wir laden alle Gewerke, Corporationen, Vereine und Clubs, so|
wie Bürgerwehr und fliegenden Corps von Berlin hiermit ein,|
an diesem feierlichen Trauerzuge Theil zu nehmen, sich demgemäß|
bis 1 Uhr mit ihren Fahnen und Gewerks-Insignien auf ihren be-|
sondern Sammelplätzen einzufinden und sich dann in geordneten Zügen|
nach dem OPERN-PLATZ zu begeben,|
von wo aus sich derselbe die Linden hinab durch die Friedrichs-Straße und das|
Hallesche Thor nach dem Jerusalemer Kirchhofe bewegen wird.|

                              Die Aufstellung und Leitung des Zuges wird von der unterzeichneten Commission, deren Mitglieder durch schwarz-roth-|
goldene Binden um den linken Arm und Marschallstäbe kenntlich sind, bewerkstelligt werden.|

                         Die Commission zur Anordnung des|

                              Schnellpressendruck von Hardt und Schulze, Spandauerstr. 76.

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