From Ohio History Central
Communist Party leader Charles Emil Ruthenberg in casket surrounded by saluting children, 1927. Ruthenberg was the son of German immigrants and a native of Cleveland, Ohio. In 1909 he joined the Socialist Party and quickly became an active organizer. When the United States entered World War I in 1917 Ruthenberg's political activities became increasingly radical. He was arrested for speaking out against the war and began to identify with Russian communists. Eventually he became Secretary General of the Workers (Communist) Party of America. When he passed away his ashes were interred at the Kremlin in Moscow.
The Ohio Historical Society P 2, AL05165 from the Charles E. Ruthenberg Collection.
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