Der Funke (German: [deːɐ̯ ˈfʊŋkə], "The Spark") was a daily newspaper published from Berlin, Germany, from 1932 to 1933.[1] It was the national organ of the International Socialist Struggle League (ISK).[1] The ISK leader Willi Eichler was the editor-in-chief of Der Funke.[1][2] It carried the slogan "Der Funke, Daily Paper for Rights, Freedom and Culture".[1] Der Funke argued for a united front against Nazism spanning from bourgeois liberals to communists.[1]

Der Funke
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Editor-in-chiefWilli Eichler
FoundedJanuary 1932
Political alignmentInternational Socialist Struggle League
Ceased publicationFebruary 1933
HeadquartersInsel Strasse, Berlin

Der Funke was founded in early January 1932.[1][3][4] The newspaper was sold by ISK members at streets, coffee shops, bars and cultural events.[1] Its office was located at Insel Strasse.[5] Helmuth von Rauschenplat was the economics editor of the newspaper.[1] Other people working with Der Funke included Grete Henry, Werner Hansen and Gustav Heckmann.[2]

In its 24 June 1932 issue Der Funke published the "Urgent Call for Unity" ahead of the July 1932 Reichstag election. The appeal called for a defence of personal and political freedoms in Germany.[6] The appeal argued for electoral unity between the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) against Hitler. Signatories of the appeal included Albert Einstein, Käthe Kollwitz, Franz Oppenheimer, Arnold Zweig, Heinrich Mann and Erich Kästner. However, neither SPD nor KPD agreed to the proposal.[7]

The newspaper was banned for four weeks in November and December 1932, following the publication of an editorial labelling president Paul von Hindenburg as the "Protector of Fascism".[5] The newspaper was finally banned in February 1933.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Bernd Sösemann (2001). Fritz Eberhard: Rückblicke auf Biographie und Werk. Franz Steiner Verlag. pp. 8, 15, 76, 126. ISBN 978-3-515-07881-8.
  2. ^ a b Werner Röder; Herbert A. Strauss (1 January 1980). Politik, Wirtschaft, Öffentliches Leben. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 148, 269, 277, 284. ISBN 978-3-11-097028-9.
  3. ^ Paul Bonart (2007). But We Said No. Mark Backman. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-615-15957-7.
  4. ^ Stefan Wannenwetsch (2010). Unorthodoxe Sozialisten: zu den Sozialismuskonzeptionen der Gruppe um Otto Strasser und des Internationalen Sozialistischen Kampfbundes in der Weimarer Republik. Peter Lang. p. 24. ISBN 978-3-631-61374-0.
  5. ^ a b c Mary Saran (1976). Never Give Up: Memoirs. O. Wolff. pp. 58–59. ISBN 978-0-85496-257-0.
  6. ^ Udo Vorholt (1998). Die politische Theorie Leonard Nelsons: eine Fallstudie zum Verhältnis von philosophisch-politischer Theorie und konkret-politischer Praxis. Nomos-Verlag-Ges. p. 202. ISBN 978-3-7890-5550-8.
  7. ^ Christian Bailey (15 October 2013). Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: German Visions of Europe, 1926-1950. Berghahn Books. p. 94. ISBN 978-1-78238-140-2.

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