Karl Marx monument resurrected in Leipzig

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The mammoth 33 tonne sculpture, which features "the father of communism" staring out from a multitude of figures, once adorned Leipzig University.

But the academy, known as Karl Marx university in honour of the socialist philosopher until 1991, later mothballed the vast installation.

Plans to reinstall it unveiled earlier this year prompted fierce debate between fans of the monument and those who believe that the tribute to Marx ought to remain under wraps.

This week however, Marx fans celebrated as Leipzig University's dean, Franz Häuser, announced that the metalwork piece would be reinstalled.

But he added that rather than serving as a propaganda piece, the work would now be accompanied by a plaque explaining Marx's huge impact on political thought, for both good and bad.

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Randll Reese Besch - 8/22/2008

It was the bastardization by dictators like Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot who has given Marx a bad name. Along with the propaganda machine in the USA of course!