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Karl Heinrich Marx was born on May 5 1818 in the city of Trier in Prussia now Germany He was one of seven children of Jewish parents His mother Henrietta was originally from Holland and never became a German at heart Shortly before Marx was born his father converted the family to Christianity and Karl was baptized at the age of six In High School Karl stood out amongst the other students He seemed to be a devoted Christian In 1835 he attended the University of Bonn but left after only a year and enrolled in the University of Berlin to study law and philosophy While at Berlin Marx joined the young Hegelians a group organized by Hegal a philosophy teacher During this time he came to believe that all the various sciences and philosophies were part of one overarching which when completed would give a true and total picture of the universe and man Communist Manifesto Marx Francis B Randal page 15In October of 1842 Marx became the editor of the paper Rheinische Zeitung and as editor wrote editorials on socio-economic issues such as poverty etc He soon made editor-in-chief but was quickly forced to step down due to his radical writings and social views In 1843 he married Jenny Von Westphalen In 1844 Marx met the man who would change his life forever Both Engles and Marx had gone through the German Philosophic school and had come to the same conclusions but while Marx arrived at an understanding of the struggles an demands of the age basis of the French Revolution Engles did so on the basis of English industry The Story of his Life Mehring page 93 In 1845 he left for Brussels Belgium Its during these years that Marx is said to have really developed his views and his intellectual standing In 1848 the Communist Manifesto or Manifest der Kommunistischen Parten was published in London Marx and Engles wrote this book
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