President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said that Karl Marx should not be judged for the crimes that his followers committed decades after his death, during an event commemorating the 200th birthday of the German philosopher in Trier on Friday.

“Anyone would do well in remembering Marx because remembering and understanding are part of securing the future. Without memory and thought, without understanding memory, there will not be much for the future,” Juncker said. “Marx isn’t responsible for all the atrocities his alleged heirs have to answer for.”

According to Juncker: “One has to understand Karl Marx from the context of his time and not have prejudices based on hindsight, these judgments shouldn’t exist”.

Juncker also said that Marx has contributed to change the world and inspired many people.

“Karl Marx cannot be held responsible for the fact that some of his later disciples used the values he formulated and the words he used to describe those values as a weapon against others,” he concluded.

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