Communist Party of Germany

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The Communist Party of Germany was a political party in Germany that was active from 1918 until the rise of the NSDAP in 1933. The party was first led by Jewish communist Rosa Luxemburg, joined shorty by Karl Liebknecht. During the 1920's the KPD generated roughly 10 to 15% of the national votes. During the power of the NSDAP, the party went underground, during which time many leading figures were imprisoned or executed.

After the Second World War the party once again was revived and switched names to the Socialist Unity Party which lasted as the ruling party of East Germany until 1990.

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