The fate of a statue highlights contrasting attitudes on eve of the philosopher’s 200th birthday

Throughout the cold war, Karl Marx stood tall and proud in the centre of Neubrandenburg, a socialist model town in Germany’s north-east. Rising to 2.2metres (7ft 2in) and made of bronze, the sculptor Gerhard Thieme’s 1969 memorial showed the bearded thinker facing the capitalist west with a grim-eyed snarl.

But as dignitaries from around the world flock to the German philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist’s birthplace in Trier on Saturday for his 200th birthday, the Neubrandenburg Marx will be snarling only at the ceiling of a warehouse on the outskirts of town.

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