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German communist leaders honored 100 years after slayings

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Carnations lay on the grave of former German socialists' leader Rosa Luxemburg at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party and other socialistic heroes. With the event they are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

BERLIN (AP) — Left-wing German politicians and supporters have gathered at a Berlin cemetery to honor two communist leaders who were killed 100 years ago in the turbulent aftermath of World War I.

Leaders of the opposition Left Party laid wreaths honoring Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at the capital's Friedrichsfelde cemetery on Sunday. The party derives in part from East Germany's ruling communists.

Many others laid red carnations at the site in the annual commemoration.

Those present included East Germany's last hardline leader, Egon Krenz, under whom the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, and his successor Hans Modrow, the now-defunct state's last communist leader.

Liebknecht and Luxemburg were killed on Jan. 15, 1919, by soldiers who arrested them shortly after a failed uprising.

Carnations are placed in front of a memorial stone with names of socialists at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party and other socialistic heroes. With the event they are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Carnations are placed in front of a memorial stone with names of socialists at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party and other socialistic heroes. With the event they are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
People line up to commemorate former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on their graves at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party and other socialistic heroes. They are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. Words on stone read: 'The dead remind us'. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A man with a yellow west and a poster reading 'The fight is far from its end' and showing portraits of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht attends a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th anniversary of the killing of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on  Jan. 15, 1919 by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Protestors attend a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th anniversary of the killing of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on  Jan. 15, 1919 by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
ADDS 'COMMUNIST' TO MODROW'S OFFICIAL POSITION --  Hans Modrow, right, the last Communist Prime Minister of former East Germany, German Democratic Republic, is welcomed by a woman as he attends a commemoration for former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at a cemetery in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party. They are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
ADDS 'COMMUNIST' TO MODROW'S OFFICIAL POSITION -- Hans Modrow, the last Communist Prime Minister of former East Germany, German Democratic Republic, attends a commemoration for former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at a cemetery in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party. They are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Egon Krenz, right, last communist party and state leader of former East Germany, German Democratic Republic, is welcomed by by other people, as he attends a commemoration for former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at a cemetery in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party. They are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Protestors attend a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th anniversary of the killing of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on  Jan. 15, 1919 by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Carnations lay on the grave of former German socialists' leader Rosa Luxemburg at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party and other socialistic heroes. With the event they are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Carnations lay on the grave of former German socialists' leader Rosa Luxemburg at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party and other socialistic heroes. With the event they are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Carnations are placed in front of a memorial stone with names of socialists at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party and other socialistic heroes. With the event they are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Carnations are placed in front of a memorial stone with names of socialists at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party and other socialistic heroes. With the event they are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
ADDS 'COMMUNIST' TO MODROW'S OFFICIAL POSITION -- Hans Modrow, the last Communist Prime Minister of former East Germany, German Democratic Republic, attends a commemoration for former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at a cemetery in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party. They are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
ADDS 'COMMUNIST' TO MODROW'S OFFICIAL POSITION -- Hans Modrow, the last Communist Prime Minister of former East Germany, German Democratic Republic, attends a commemoration for former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at a cemetery in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party. They are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Protestors attend a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th anniversary of the killing of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on  Jan. 15, 1919 by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Protestors attend a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th anniversary of the killing of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on Jan. 15, 1919 by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Carnations are placed in front of a memorial stone with names of socialists at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party and other socialistic heroes. With the event they are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Carnations are placed in front of a memorial stone with names of socialists at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party and other socialistic heroes. With the event they are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
People line up to commemorate former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on their graves at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party and other socialistic heroes. They are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. Words on stone read: 'The dead remind us'. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
People line up to commemorate former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on their graves at a cemetery Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party and other socialistic heroes. They are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. Words on stone read: 'The dead remind us'. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Egon Krenz, right, last communist party and state leader of former East Germany, German Democratic Republic, is welcomed by by other people, as he attends a commemoration for former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at a cemetery in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party. They are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Egon Krenz, right, last communist party and state leader of former East Germany, German Democratic Republic, is welcomed by by other people, as he attends a commemoration for former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at a cemetery in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party. They are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
ADDS 'COMMUNIST' TO MODROW'S OFFICIAL POSITION --  Hans Modrow, right, the last Communist Prime Minister of former East Germany, German Democratic Republic, is welcomed by a woman as he attends a commemoration for former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at a cemetery in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party. They are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
ADDS 'COMMUNIST' TO MODROW'S OFFICIAL POSITION -- Hans Modrow, right, the last Communist Prime Minister of former East Germany, German Democratic Republic, is welcomed by a woman as he attends a commemoration for former German socialists' leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at a cemetery in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Prominent figures from the country's left have paid tribute to the founders of the German Communist Party. They are marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were killed Jan. 15, 1919, by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Protestors attend a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th anniversary of the killing of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on  Jan. 15, 1919 by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Protestors attend a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th anniversary of the killing of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on Jan. 15, 1919 by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A man with a yellow west and a poster reading 'The fight is far from its end' and showing portraits of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht attends a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th anniversary of the killing of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on  Jan. 15, 1919 by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A man with a yellow west and a poster reading 'The fight is far from its end' and showing portraits of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht attends a demonstration of communist and socialist parties and groups in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The demonstration marks the 100th anniversary of the killing of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on Jan. 15, 1919 by right-wing militiamen during a failed uprising. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)