Friedrich Engels: The Bremen Years 1839 to 1941
Politician, philosopher, writer, historian and businessman | Co-founder of scientific socialism
Friedrich Engels came to Bremen in August 1838, at the request of his father, to be apprenticed as a businessman. When he left the Hanseatic city in late March 1841, the 20-year-old had laid the foundation for his later work and his subsequent collaboration with Marx. He was employed by the Royal Saxon consul Heinrich Leupold, who traded in linen as well as coffee and cigars.
Heinrich Leupold’s grand residence and warehouse, which Engels frequented every day, was located roughly on the site where this building stands today with its beautifully preserved rococo facade. The son of the industrialist had lodgings across the street at the Rectory of St. Martin’s with Pastor Treviranus and his family. Engels’ letters to his sister Marie and to a number of friends from his adolescence reveal much about his experiences in the Hanseatic city. The young Engels became a prominent journalist in Bremen. He penned numerous essays and articles for leading German newspapers under the pseudonym Friedrich Oswald. His articles showed great foresight that belied his age. The conditions that the liberal city of Bremen offered the talented industrialist’s son played an instrumental part in his incredible development. Friedrich Engels is renowned for teaching the ideas of the workers’ movement. The socialist laid the foundation for this in Bremen.
There Engels went in and out
Martinistraße - location see map left.
„Here you can see my mammock, containing myself smoking a cigar.“