Hard to say what's hurting the German Left more: the election loss in North-Rhine Westphalia or the revelation that Salvador Allende, the beloved icon of the international marxist movement, was racist and anti-Semitic.
Allende's dissertation as well as his agenda as a Chilean health minister from 1939 to 1942 present a, let's say, unexpected proximity to the politics of the Nazis, according to research by the historian Victor Farias. Kosmopolit concludes:
"So he was a right-wing Jew-hater as well as a left-wing tyrant.
Say to yourself, "There is no contradiction..." Repeat as necessary."
What's next? Che Guevara working for the CIA? SPD chairman Franz Muentefering on the payroll of American capitalist locusts? Former SPD chairman Oskar Lafontaine running on a communist ticket in Germany's national election in fall 2005?
Oops... Lafontaine actually is running on a communist ticket.
Life gets more miserable for the German Left by the hour...
Another day has gone
I'm still all alone
How could this be
You're not here with me
You never said goodbye
Someone tell me why
Did you have to go
And leave my world so cold