The more rotten a social system becomes, the more unstable and hypocritical its morality, the more barbaric its punitive sanctions for protecting the so-called purity of public morals are. The section of the Weimar Republic's criminal law bill entitled “Indecency” is a sign of the times.
Eduard Alexander, 1929
Eduard Alexander studied law. He moved to Berlin in 1911 and was admitted to the bar by the royal regional court in 1913. He and his wife Gertrud, an art teacher, became involved in the left wing of the SPD. During the First World War, Alexander joined the revolutionary Spartacus group. In late 1918, he joined the KPD. In 1922, he ran the Communist press service under the pseudonym E. Ludwig. He was editor in chief of the Rote Fahne for a short while in early 1924 and the paper's financial editor until 1929. In 1928, he was elected to the Reichstag. In August 1931, he was elected mayor by the town council of Boitzenburg in Mecklenburg by a majority of SPD and KPD votes. But this remarkable left-wing alliance soon collapsed after the election and the Mecklenburg president refused to approve his election, so Alexander was not able to assume his office. In 1933, he was stripped of his admission to practice as a lawyer because he was considered half Jewish by the Nazis. He continued to work as an arbiter in trade matters for the German-Soviet trading association until 1940. He was arrested in August 1944 during Aktion Gewitter and sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. He died while being transported to Bergen-Belsen.
Eduard Alexander was a city councillor 1921 – 1925; nominated for election (KPD)