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Karl Marxs early life was extremely important in shaping the way he thought about society and governments and what he thought could make them better and his experiences and up-bringing made him a pro-communist writer and believer Karl Marx was born on May 5th in the year 1818 He was born in the small town of Trier Germany Trier is located in Western Germany near France and is considered the most French-like city of Germany Trier was built by the Romans and lies in the heart of the wine region which makes vineyards the principal business of Trier The city numbered some 12000 people back in Marxs time Trier was once part of Napoleons empire but was incorporated into Prussia by 1815 Western Germany was mostly inhabited by the Jewish Many Jews converted to Catholicism due to the Jewish faith not being liked by government leaders Marx was born into a middle-class Jewish family His mother and father were both Jewish His father being the head of the family converted to Catholicism Judaism was not accepted especially for the father of the family Judaism was passed down by Marxs grandfather being a Rabbi and a faithful Jew Marxs mother refused to convert to Catholicism but allowed all seven of her children to be baptized The Jews had benefited greatly from Napoleons activities Napoleons activities had broken many of the barriers that had made the Jewish Ghetto Jews were included more throughout society Napoleons defeat hurt the Jews and brought back the Ghetto It also made many of them convert to Catholicism because of the fear of being persecuted and the fact that the German Princes were not nice to the Jews Also many anti-Jewish lies were made in 1816 so Marxs father took the name Heinrich Marx and was accepted into the Catholic church in 1817 Heinrich was not a genius but he was an intelligent person One of Karls quotes from his
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