25th of August 2015

 

30th Date of Death of comrade

 

Ernst Aust

 

Grave of comrade Ernst Aust

 

in Müden/Aller - Germany

 

 

 

 



ERNST AUST

born on April 12, 1923

died on August 25, 1985

 

 

 

 

About the funeral

and

farewell to Comrade Ernst Aust

 

We - who mourn Ernst Aust, we, who fought with him shoulder to shoulder, and who were close to him, we all pay tribute to his life's work, to his fight, to his revolutionary spirit - we met us at the joint funeral on August 31, 1985 at 13.00 clock in front of the residence of Comrade Ernst and Waltraud Aust in Müden an der Aller (Germany).

 

The funeral procession led to the chapel where comrade Ernst lay in state. It was headed by his wife, Comrade Waltraud, and by the closest friend and comrade of Ernst Aust, comrade Wolfgang Eggers.

They were followed by the delegations of fraternal parties from Denmark, Portugal and Turkey. After them, the Coordinating Committee of the KPD / ML and 200 Comrades and friends followed.
The funeral procession was lined on either side by lowered party flags - Beethoven's Third Symphony sounded on the street.

As the funeral procession marched to the chapel played a contemporary piano music from the opera by Verdi: the Prisoners' Chorus from "Nabucco".

In a sea of ​​flowers greetings from around the world, the closed coffin was covered with the flag of our party. At the wall the enlarged portrait of Comrade Ernst Aust, as we all knew and loved him.

After the mourners were seated - many had to stand - Comrade Wolfgang Eggers spoke the eulogy.

He paid tribute to the life's work of Comrade Ernst Aust. In the biography was expressed that Ernst was always a fearless communist fighter against the violation of humanity, and he spend all his life for the working class an the communist party, the KPD / ML, which was always enlightened by his great spirit of Marxism-Leninism.

During the eulogy all mourners rose to sing together the Russian revolutionary song "Immortal victims".

During the funeral a guard of honor stood at the coffin of Ernst Aust.

After the eulogy was finished, all mourners were singing "The International" for the last time for Ernst. In the chorus, the clenched fists were raised:

Comrade Ernst, we will continue to fight in your revolutionary spirit!

After Comrade Waltraud had said goodbye to her husband and has kissed the party flag, the comrades lined up in order to prove their last respects in front of the coffin of Comrade Ernst Aust. In this farewell ceremony of the funeral, a march from Beethoven was played.

In the condolence book,in front of the chapel, many expressed their feelings for comrade Ernst or repressed the painful loss in the form of their signature. Comrade Waltraud has received many personal condolences from all over the world.

At the end of this short report, Comrade Ernst Aust should have the last word:

 

"Life goes on

- comrades, go on fighting !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funeral Speech

of Comrade

Wolfgang Eggers

 

 

 

With great dismay we have learned from the death of Comrade Ernst Aust, our founder and leader of the KPD / ML.

We took this disconcerting news with deep sorrow.

It's so hard for us to believe and to realize that Ernst is no longer alive.

He was torn from our midst much too early. He wanted to do so much in his life for the future and the happiness of mankind.

The German proletariat has lost with Comrade Ernst Aust the leading comrade of the German revolutionary Marxist-Leninist movement and the founder and leader of the KPD / ML.

The German people have lost a great patriot, who fought for a peace-loving, united, independent and socialist Germany.

The whole world has lost a great proletarian internationalist who fought for peace and friendship and the liberation of peoples from oppression and exploitation.

Therefore, we all grieve so much about the loss of Comrade Ernst Aust. He is irreplaceable.

 

On the morning of Sunday, August 25, 1985, Comrade Ernst took a walk in the vicinity for the purpose of recover of his illness. He was pleased with himself and with the beauty of nature.

Caused by a sudden heart failure, comrade Ernst passed away peacefully in Waltraud's arms and without pain .
Waltraud and I stood at his deathbed and were with him until the coffin was carried away.

 

(personal words addressed to his wife, comrade Waltraud :)

 

Dear comrade Waltraud !

We like to express our sincere condolences by the Coordination Committee of the KPD / ML and by all foreign and German comrades and friends of our Party.

Nobody except you can appreciate what you and we all have lost in Ernst. And nobody but you can better imagine what an outstanding communist personality comrade Ernst really was and will always be.
Please, let me thank you on behalf of the KPD / ML, for all your life long great contributions and sacrifices in the service of the working class and of all humanity.

In this difficult hour, we admire the great inner strength and composure, which rests in you and affects us. For us, you are a part of comrade Ernst, a part with which the fight goes on.

For 31 years, you have fought together. Your love is pure and strong. We have the luck to experience truly honest revolutionary friends like you. Your friendship, that's the most expensive treasure we may have of you. And we will keep your upright friendship in honor.

 

 

 

Now, please comrades, rise from your places.

To bid farewell to comrade Ernst, we sing the song

"Immortal victims":

 

 

Russian: http://sovmusic.ru/m32/vy_zhert.mp3

French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kNKkF2xoBM

Japanese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yv2cYJdNuE

 

 

German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bipJLdmcY2c

 

`Unsterbliche Opfer, ihr sanket dahin

wir stehen und weinen, voll Schmerz, Herz und Sinn.

Ihr kämpfet und starbet für kommendes Recht

wir aber, wir trauern, der Zukunft Geschlecht.



Einst aber, wenn Freiheit den Menschen erstand

und all euer Sehnen Erfüllung fand:

Dann werden wir künden, wie ihr einst gelebt,

dem Höchsten der Menschheit empor nur gestrebt.`

 

This song rang out at the graves of the fallen revolutionaries in 1905 and 1917. Since then, our comrades are at all funerals honored with this song. Ernst himself wished to take leave of us with this song.

 

Who was Comrade Ernst Aust, who - until the last breath - was a shining Example of the Party and the working class for 43 years ?

 

His life and his life's work was fraught with struggle in devotional loyalty and unshakable proletarian discipline in the service of the goal of communism.

 

For those who do not know Comrade Ernst Aust, everything that is said about him on his funeral, could perhaps be regarded as an "overstatement" or even "glorification". But those who really knew Ernst, they all are conscious about the fact that all our words cannot enough express the true value of this great communist leader.

Comrade Ernst Aust was our role model in everything he did. His life was inseparably connected with our party - in joy and sorrow.

 

He always was an outstanding revolutionary comrade who was inspired by the spirit of proletarian humanism. He practised humanism in his whole life in manifold manner - in the boundless love for his wife and for the comrades and friends, in his patriotic feelings for the country and the fate of the German people, and in first line in his profoundly attitude of proletarian internationalism.

Ernst was a staunch fighter against everything human dignity violated and against everything that prevents people to live a free and happy life.

His principled and strong character traits are simplicity, openness, incorruptibility, tolerance, kindness, warmth and serenity, modesty and unselfishness. He lived and worked not for his own benefit, for his career, personal interests etc. He belongs to those exceptional personalities of history who dedicate their whole life to the fight for the future of humanity.

He aroused by his zest our passionate enthusiasm and he has conquered our all hearts.

Maxim Gorky expresses at best our feelings for comrade Ernst:

 

"Though you are dead. In the song of the Bold and mentally Strong you are living as a model, as a proud caller in light and freedom."



Comrade Ernst never gave up the struggle. And if really a weak point in the party was to be felt, he only said:

 

"Sure, we can understand that some individual comrades tend to surrender. But what kind of Communists would we be if we would be stunned by influence of such moods. We are not parlor Bolsheviks, Communists on time, who withdraw from dangerous situations, who live in "peaceful co-existence" with our class enemies or who return to bourgeois life."

 

When we swear to fight faithfully in the spirit of Comrade Ernst Aust, we do this not only for the sake of his person, but also for the KPD / ML. We will continue his revolutionary struggle, in the service of the working class. We are far from establishing a personality cult around Ernst. I remember a conversation that we held each other a few months ago. It was about the assessment and the model of personality in history. Ernst was against any idealization of the individual. He explained that we communists are only a drip in the sea of the revolutionary fight of the masses.

When we shouted "High the fist - for our comrade Ernst Aust!" - for comrade Ernst this was a source of some embarrassment to him.

I confessed to him that we loved this slogan with all our heart. We quite agree with comrade Ernst that we Marxist-Leninists are against any personality cult. But we will never deny our love to comrade Ernst, the revolutionary leader of the working class. We love and revere our leaders just as the Albanian comrades and the entire Albanian people do it. We German comrades cherish Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht and Ernst Thalmann as the beloved leaders of our party. And of course, comrade Ernst belongs to them in the same rank. Our great communist leaders are Rosa, Karl, Teddy and Ernst - and they will be it forever.



Let's have a look at the political path of life of comrade Ernst Aust:

 

62 years ago, it was the year 1923, when Ernst Aust was born on April 12 in the Hamburg workers district Eimsbüttel, Eidelstedterweg. Ernst was the last of 4 children. His father was a minor official, coming from the countryside. His mother also came from the countryside, and she was household assistant and a seamstress.

 

The war is the decisive experience. After years of quarterly basic and jump training at the front. Africa, Italy, Soviet Union, France. Barrage, strafing, close combat, dying comrades: German, English, Russians, Italians, Americans. Why? October 1944 British captivity, in the camps the Nazis set the tone. Allied tolerate it. First conflicts. First reaction to the war: a pacifist.

But here appeared the first time the change in him, not to stand still, but to get to the bottom of things. What are the causes of war? Why shoot German, French, British workers against each other though they still have the same interests? He comes to a "working camp". Up to 1945 he works as a "bricklayer" , "painter" and others.

Here he meets the first Communist. A Communist from Braunschweig, a KJVD-member (Communist Youth Association Of Germany - Youth Organisation of the KPD). They decide on self-study. Marx and Engels could be studied in the camp library. Lenin, Stalin not. Ernst publishes a camp newspaper. Ernst establishes relations to British Communists.

1948 - release from captivity. When he returned to Germany he joined the "Cultural Association for Democratic Renewal of Germany", a communist mass organization. He is engaged in cultural youth work. He works as an employee and completes his knowledge by studying literature and drama. In 1951 the party took him, and he becomes a member of the Communist Party - staffer in the editorial office of the "Hamburger Volkszeitung". Soon he wrote in all categories: Culture, Politics, Local, party life.

In 1953 he received the party order, to edit the coastal magazine "Dat Blinkfüer" ["The Flashing-Light"]; (written in low-German language). It was the collective propagandist, agitator and organizer of the Movement for the Liberation of Helgoland [ a German island in the German Ocean which was occupied by the British]. The Englishmen had chosen the sandbank "Großer Knechtsand" for the purpose of substitute bombings in the German Ocean - instead of Helgoland. Ernst initiated a mass movement of the fishermen. The sandbank was occupied by them, and they succeeded to enforce the stopping of the Britsh bombardements.

What made the magazine "Dat Blinkfüer" so popular? The popularity was based on the revolutionary attitude of Comrade Ernst Aust, his love for the people, his solidarity with his class and with the toiling masses, his proletarian hatred for the ruling class, against the imperialists, against the monopolists, against the old Nazis and militarists who all came to power and enjoyed their old privileges in the new State of Bonn (West Germany). The communist convictions of comrade Ernst were reflected in a characteristic manner of content and style of this proletarian magazine.

 

In the years 1966-67, it came to a basic decision. Ernst turns now openly against the anti-Marxist course of the revisionists in the party and their influence in the magazine "Dat Blinkfüer". In June 1967, the first issue of the "Roter Morgen" ("Red Dawn") was published.

The old party ran scared. Ernst used his last two salaries as a functionary of the Communist Party for the acquisition of the printing press of the "Roter Morgen" and for postage. In October, he sent a letter of cancellation to the leadership of the KPD and resigned from all his functions. He sent also an open letter to all Party members and to the readers of the magazine "Dat Blinkfüer" with the appeal to break with the revisionist course of the party.

 

The development is unstoppable. The Marxist-Leninist comrades of the Federal Republic and West Berlin gather around the "Roter Morgen". They are on target for the establishment of a new Marxist-Leninist party, which continues the revolutionary heritage of the old Communist Party of Ernst Thalmann. The founding of this, our revolutionary party takes place exactly on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party (1918), on December 30, 1968.

Immediately after he had resigned from his function in the KPD, he began to work in a company to earn money for his livelihood. After working briefly as a printer and car driver, he has worked as a moulding cutter at a chemical plant in recent years. After the extraordinary party congress in 1971, the party elected him as its Chairman.

 

Ernst visits Albania and loves this socialist country. For example he was invited to the VI Congress of the Albanian Party of Labour. He spoke also to the VII Congresss of the PLA. As leader of the party delegation he participated in the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the liberation of Albania in early June 1977. Until 1983, comrade Ernst had several conversations with the Albanian party leaders. Comrade Ernst and comrade Enver were connected in close friendship. Comrade Ernst Aust died four month later than Comrade Enver Hoxha. This was the saddest moment of our common destiny. These two outstanding Marxist-Leninist leaders sealed and strengthened the friendship and solidarity of our fraternal parties, the KPD / ML and the PLA. Ernst said:

"There are three things that we German Communists can learn from Albania:

First, the unconditional adherence to the principles of Marxism-Leninism.

Second, relying on our own forces and

thirdly sticking to the line of armed struggle."

 

Until his death, Comrade Ernst Aust has defended Albania against the revisionists and opportunists, and also against the reactionary bourgeois press which spread lies on socialism in Albania.

 

Throughout his life, Ernst defended permanently the proletarian line against all types of petty-bourgeois, ideological influences. These elements sapped a lot of his energy with which he had defended our party night and day. As the ideological, political and organisational leader of the party, comrade Ernst united theoretical strength with the practical organizational experience in class struggle. In early 1972 the struggle of comrade Ernst Aust had been waged against liquidationism. With his thunderous words he shouted: "End the intellectual chatter!" And he consolidated the party against petty-bourgeois threats.

 

At that time I had the luck to fight alongside comrade Ernst. Together with Ernst and his wife I was organized in the same party cell, thus at the main source of the whole party life.
I remember very well, with what an amount of courage and conviction he succeeded in the revival of the party, which was diminished by the liquidators up to a hand full comrades. One of his most important documents during the dispute with "left" sectarianism, was his militant booklet "Propaganda- or fight party?"

 

In 1972, Ernst initiated the campaign "Long live communism - what does the KPD / ML want?" In a popular booklet, he succeeded admirably to answer burning questions on communism, namely in the language of the workers. From comrade Ernst we learnt how to write the countless factory magazines of the party in the language of the workers. This was of great value for the party's anchorage in the factories and plants. Shortly before comrade Ernst has died, we worked with him together in the party cell of the steel company in Peine/Salzgitter. The steel-plant's magazine of the party was called "Heißes Eisen" ("Hot Steel") in which Ernst had written to the steel workers. Especially for our party cell and also for the steel workers, comrade Ernst was a heavy loss.

 

Ernst was a model and teacher of the illegal organisation and illegal actions of the party. In Dortmund, the May Day rally of the party was banned in 1973. Comrade Ernst suddenly was seen on the roof of a car, and under roaring applause, held a militant speech, and - before the police wer able to come into action - Ernst and the 600 demonstrators vanished as quickly as they had come and ready to meet in the next street, etc.

In the nights, Ernst and me, we glued our party posters in the streets of Hamburg in the borough of Steilshoop. With what a joy and skill he executed this work! Even as party chairman he participated always with full commitment in the basic work of the party cell. Early in the morning, with great self-evidence, he distributed leaflets in front of the gates of production plants and simultaneously, some hours later, he did his leading work in the function of the chairman of the party. He was never above doing every work for the party.

 

On 29 May 1973, one of the numerous criminal cases took place against Comrade Ernst Aust. In this trial, the bourgeoisie wanted to criminalize the communist agitation and propaganda, and to ban our central organ "Roter Morgen". In Hamburg, we demonstrated with thousands of comrades and friends. The demonstration took place in the same streets when comrade Ernst Aust was accused of "subversion" and "violation" of the ban of the Communist Party. This was exactly 10 years earlier, when 5000 workers demonstrated their solidarity with comrade Ernst Aust. Ernst converted his criminal case into a tribunal against the bourgeois class justice and said to the judge:

"I accuse you ! It is you who defend the capitalist system of exploitation of man by man by means of fascist methods!"

In our newspaper for the port workers in Hamburg I wrote on the third day of the trial :

"Comrade Ernst interrupted the pronouncement of a judgement and shouted: 'We will no longer listen to this nonsense ' - and comrade Ernst left the room, followed by the comrades and friends of the party!"

Courageously and unflinchingly in contemplation of the class enemy - this he was, our comrade Ernst !

 

Nobody else but Comrade Ernst kept the memory better alive about the revolutionary tradition of the German working class. So he drew lessons on occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Hamburg uprising in his militant speech. Also on occasion of the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Comrade Ernst Thalmann, comrade Ernst Aust emphasized in his speech:

"Comrades, let that be a lesson for us! Without struggle against the influence of the reformist and revisionist ideology on the masses of workers, we can not win, even not in a revolutionary situation."

Just as comrade Ernst Aust defended the revolutionary heritage of Ernst Thalmann, we will defend the revolutionary heritage of comrade Ernst Aust. Ernst has put the heritage of the party into our hands. We will prove ourselves worthy of the heritage of comrade Ernst Aust.

 

Together with comrade Ernst Thälmann, comrade Ernst Aust was the greatest German Stalinist. When we organized the activities for the 100th anniversary of Stalin, Ernst made an outstanding contribution to the defense of Marxism-Leninism, rejected the attacks of the revisionists on Stalin and taught us to learn from Stalin. His speech was of historical importance.

 

Also in the trade union question, Comrade Ernst struggled at the forefront for the Marxist-Leninist line of the party . For example, he combated the rightist opportunists in the party, who dared to omit the letter "R" of RGO [Revolutionary Opposition in the trade unions]. The rightists preferred an "oppositional struggle" in the trade unions without revolutionary perspectives because they feared that the workers might be "scared" of the revolution. I remember when we gained a victory in our struggle against these elements who recoiled from the revolutionary position in the trade union question - thanks to the support of comrade Ernst.

 

In 1974, Ernst offerred himself as a candidate for the Hamburg state election. This was a historical event, namely twenty years had passed when the Communist Party had participated in German elections for the last time.
With these elections, the party gained a victory for its legal status and broke through the ban of the KPD from the year 1956.
Ernst spoke to millions of television viewers and radio listeners, although the North German Radio tried to prevent it. Ernst condemned the bourgeois system of parliamentarism. Not for nothing he was brought to court because he described the bourgeois parliament as a chatter shop. He laid it on the line: The parliament would deserve nothing else, than being destroyed by the revolutionary struggle of the masses.

 

The parents of Ernst came from the countryside. Ernst was thus familiar with the peasants. How often he has taught us the importance of the alliance between workers and peasants for the revolution! In many party meetings, the peasants learned Ernst to know and appreciate. Our party was the only left party in Germany which was anchored within the masses of the peasants - thanks to comrade Ernst Aust.

 

Our comrade Ernst was always there for us. He helped us when we had problems. He educated us comrades, namely to support us each other and to practice solidarity.
1975 Comrade Ernst spoke at the inaugural event of the re-founded Red Aid Germany [RHD]. He was the initiator and founder and defined the character of RHD as an organisation of the

"broad front of solidarity with politically persecuted colleagues and comrades."

In special affection, Ernst was associated with the youth. That was because he himself remained always young and he also felt so. He had a lot of understanding for the particularities of juvenile interests, and he gave the youth organization as independent mass organization of the party a lot of attention and power, because he estimated high the revolutionary importance of the political youth . Ernst said in 1975 in Offenbach on the First Youth Congress of the "Red Guard" in his speech:

 

"Better losing one's life on the barricades of the revolution than to eat humble pie for a lifetime !"

 

One of the most painful losses of Comrade Ernst are his gripping, captivating and brilliant speeches. There was always an atmosphere of tension, of excitement of inspiration. The comrades listened to him with highest concentration. Comrade Ernst Aust pulled out all the stops of his oratory. He thundered with indignation and hatred against the class enemy, sometimes connected with biting irony.
It is hard to believe that these great moments will never come back. The speeches of Ernst were long, but I must confess, to me they could never be long enough. We had never stopped listening to him, even not after hours. There where comrade Ernst was, there was no boredom. In his presence we always felt in an atmosphere of revolutionary exaltation. He spoke our language, the language of the proletariat, because he had always lived a proletarian life. Not only the shape and the style in the speeches enthused us.
It was in first line the content of his political message. He analysed a matter exactly to the point. He drew sharp conclusions for the revolution. He transformed the demands into convincing slogans and called us to revolutionary actions. His speeches were composed of scientific knowledge. But he was not like a professor from the university. Comrade Ernst was a master in the class-struggle, a worker, educated by the working class.
The speeches of Ernst were not only an unforgettable experience. They were extraordinarily instructive for our class-struggle.

 

Let me give you an example: Ernst argued with people who accused us that we would have founded our party allegedly "much too early". He answered:

 

"Concerning your complaint that we are allegedly "not" a Bolshevik party, only because we are not yet able to lead the broad majority of the masses, I would like to respond with another question: What is it, what will sprout out, if you put a chestnut into the soil? Will it become a pea? Or will it become a tomato? - Obviously a chestnut, albeit in the beginning a very small one "!

 

At the turn of 1975/1976 the Section GDR of the party was founded. For this historic date, Ernst acquires the greatest merits. When we celebrated the foundation of our GDR-Section in West Germany with thousands of comrades in March 1976, the comrades from East Germany could not participate, because they lived and struggled in deepest illegality. And Ernst welcomed them in spite of their absence, with the following words:

"At this moment, our hearts and thoughts are with you."

And also today, our comrades from the GDR cannot come to this funeral of comrade Ernst Aust. But we hear them crying although we are separated by barbed wires and the Berlin wall:

"Dearest comrade Ernst Aust, farewell! In this moment our thoughts are with you."

 

In 1976, Ernst created the revolutionary program of the KPD / ML with the collaboration of all comrades of the entire party. This program was presented at the celebrations of the Third Congress of the party. Until his death Ernst defended, true to the principles of Marxism-Leninism, the program against all the opportunists. We will never curtail the valuable content of this revolutionary program and all the less tolerate its replacement and liquidation.

 

Comrade Ernst gave the party also clear perspectives in the struggle for peace. His peace plan of the party took place in the general public much approval and dissemination. And we vow to Comrade Ernst Aust: We will study profoundly his theoretical contributions to the anti-war struggle and continue his great revolutionary struggle for peace until imperialism is destroyed.

 

Finally, Ernst was also a gifted and talented artist. He wrote poems, mastered the art of acting and for a time worked as a director. We regret that comrade Ernst is no longer able to finish his literary lifetime achievement. This was his greatest wish. Ernst dedicated his artistic talent for the class struggle. In 1978, an agitprop theater festival took place with 3 000 spectators in Dortmund, of course by means of his personal initiative and support. Ernst said:

"It is the task of the party to go in the offensive at the cultural front, and to convince the working class, the working people, the progressive cultural workers, namely for the purpose to maintain and preserve the best national cultural heritage and the folkart, aiming to the creation of socialist realism, socialist art and literature, communist agitation and propaganda."

Hardly anyone has struggled on all battlefields of class struggle as comrade Ernst did it.

He was the very best agitator, propagandist and organizer.

 

Comrade Ernst Aust has left us his great legacy.

We swear that we will keep this great legacy forever in honor.

 

Comrade Ernst, all your tireless fight for the unity of the Marxist-Leninists in a one and only German Bolshevik Party is of historical importance.

We vow to you, that we will fight tirelessly for your Party and for the unity of the Marxist-Leninist, namely as long until this goal is achieved.

 

Comrade Ernst, your struggle against revisionism and opportunism is of historical importance.

We vow to you, to struggle against opportunism and revisionism until they are defeated forever.

 

Comrade Ernst, your fight for a united, independent and socialist Germany is of historical importance.

We vow to never give up the fight until the victorious establishment of the united, independent and socialist Germany.

 

Comrade Ernst, your internationalist struggle in solidarity with the Albanian Party of Labour and all the other Marxist-Leninist parties, is of historical importance.

We vow to you, to faithfully adhere to the proletarian internationalism and to jointly fight with our sister parties until the victory of the world proletarian revolution.

 

 

In a personal letter of farewell Ernst Aust writes:

 

"In and of itself, I not yet want to die. Yes, but when it happens: I hope that I have done my bit to the liberation of the working class, of mankind. Even if it was just a little bit.

I loved the life, I loved the people, I loved the world ... All hail, dear comrades of mine.

Long live that what we were fighting for, with all our hot hearts, for the happiness of mankind ...

 

Life goes on! Go on fighting! "

 

 

(Eulogy - held at the funeral service in the chapel of the cemetery in Müden / Aller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Funeral March with the party's flags on both sides

 

 

 

 

 

Comrades of the KPD/ML

- Guard of Honor -

 

 

 




Comrade Ernst Aust's coffin in the graveyard chapel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings from Albanian comrades

 

 

 

 

 

The funeral processions of 200 comrades

- forming behind the Sound Car -

(march from the home of comrade Ernst Aust to the graveyard)

 

 

 

 

in German language

 

 

Ernst Aust



wollen wir heute ehren


als unser aller kommunistisches Vorbild,


als Gründer, Vorsitzender und Lehrer unserer Partei,


als großer Führer der revolutionären deutschen Arbeiterklasse,


als würdigen Fortsetzer des großen Werkes unseres Genossen Ernst Thälmann,


als revolutionären Kämpfer für das vereinte, unabhängige, sozialistische Deutschland,


als Kampfgefährte des Genossen Enver Hoxha und verehrten Freundes des albanischen Volkes,


als einer der herausragendsten proletarischen Internationalisten der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts,


der für die revolutionäre Befreiung des Weltproletariats und der unterdrückten und ausgebeuteten Völker auf der ganzen Welt kämpfte.


* * *

 

Red Book of the Obsequies


Zum 20. Todestag des Genossen Ernst Aust 

- 25. August 2005


 

 




25. 8. 2003

Zum 18. Todestag des Genossen Ernst Aust:

Der herausragende und vorbildliche deutsche internationalistische Kämpfer und Führer innerhalb der marxistisch-leninistischen Weltbewegung

 


 

 

Vorwärts im Geiste des Genossen Ernst Aust !

Vorwärts mit der KPD/ML !

Zum 10. Todestag des Genossen Ernst Aust

25. 8. 1995

 

Genosse Ernst Aust starb am 25. August 1985.

Am 10. Todestag legte die KPD/ML Blumen nieder.

Wir stehen nun vor seinem Grab auf dem Friedhof in Müden an der Aller. Unsere Herzen füllen sich mit Trauer und Schmerz.

In uns wühlen die Gedanken, dass in 10 Jahren ohne unseren Genossen Ernst alles so schwer geworden ist. Es ist so, als wenn Ernst uns ruhig fragen würde:

Was habt ihr bisher gemacht ? Wo sind die Probleme ? Und es ist, als wenn er uns eindringlich zuredet, uns die gegenwärtige Lage vor Augen führt, da wo es brennt, wo etwas dringend getan werden muss.

Und schon haben wir lebendig vor Augen, dass die Partei in seinem Geist wieder erwacht, dass wir Kampagnen durchführen, Agitation und Propaganda betreiben, Aktionen starten, Termine vereinbaren, den Klassenkampf organisieren. Wir hören Ernsts Stimme auf den Barrikaden, die Kampfrufe der Parteigenossen schallen laut durch die Straßen der Arbeiterviertel, die Parteifahne weht uns voran, Transparente, Flugblätter, Kampflieder werden angestimmt, die Säle sind gerammelt voll, überall wo Ernst spricht. Die Atmosphäre ist aufgeheizt. Der Hass treibt uns vorwärts in den Kampf, gegen Polizei, gegen die Revisionisten, vor allem von der D"K"P, gegen die Gewerkschaftsbonzen, gegen die reaktionären Politiker, gegen die Nazis und alles konterrevolutionäres Gelichter.. unsere Herzen pochen laut und aufgeregt in der illegalen Aktion, im Gerichtssaal, auf der Polizeistation, auf dem Friedhof, wo einer unserer Genossen begraben liegt, der von der Polizei ermordet wurde. Unsere Gedanken gehen zu unseren Genossen der Sektion DDR, wo sie vom Stasi verfolgt, verhaftet, gefoltert wurden, weil sie mutig gegen den Sozialfaschismus gekämpft haben.

Vor unseren Augen tobt der leidenschaftlich geführte, aufwühlende und schmerzhafte innerparteiliche Kampf der Bolschewisierung, gegen die Liquidatoren, gegen das Sektierertum, gegen Trotzkisten und rechte Opportunisten, gegen die ganze Spalterei.

Wir sehen uns mit Ernst in der Parteizelle, wie wir gemeinsam den Marxismus-Leninismus studieren und lebendig diskutieren. Wir erinnern uns an das Ringen um Kritik und Selbstkritik.

Wir stehen am Grab von Ernst und all diese Erinnerungen eines Zeitraums von 15 Jahren, in denen wir mit Ernst Schulter an Schulter gekämpft haben, ziehen an uns wie im Zeitraffer vorbei.

Und dann ist alles wieder still. Wir starren auf den Grabstein. Wir spüren einen Knoten im Hals und wir kehren wieder zurück in die Gegenwart. Und schon mahnt das Gewissen.

Wir haben geschworen, den Kampf im Geiste unseres Genossen Ernst Aust fortzusetzen - egal was kommt.

Und schon erwacht in uns neue Tatkraft. Es steigt ein Gefühl der Wärme und Zuversicht in uns auf und wir spüren unseren Genossen Ernst ganz nah bei uns. Wir werden von Genugtuung und Stolz übermannt, was wir in den 10 Jahren seit dem Tod von Ernst auf die Beine gestellt haben. Wir sind ihm sowohl zu Lebzeiten als auch nach seinem Tod immer treue Genossen geblieben und heben hoch die Faust für Ernst Aust - bis zu unserem letzten Atemzug.

Es lebe die KPD/ML unseres Genossen Ernst Aust !

 

Wolfgang Eggers, Vorsitzender der KPD/ML


 


 

Gedenkfeier der KPD anlässlich des

5. Todestages ihres Wiedergründers

aus:

ROTER MORGEN Nr. 9

September 1990

(written by comrade Wolfgang Eggers)

 


 

Selected Works of

comrade Ernst Aust

in foreign languages

 

in German language

 

 

 

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ENVER HOXHA 

ONLY UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF A GENUINE MARXIST-LENINIST PARTY CAN THE OBJECTIVES BE ACHIEVED

 

From a talk with Ernst Aust

- Chairman of the

Communist Party of Germany (M-L)

November 30, 1979