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Burial of the Fighters Fallen for Liberty (March 22, 1848)
On March 18, after protesters and the government had reached an apparent understanding, soldiers fired upon a crowd that had actually assembled to thank Prussian King Frederick William IV for making certain concessions. As a result, barricade fighting broke out in Berlin. This scene depicts the solemn burial procession on March 22 for the “fighters fallen for liberty.” Revolutionary militiamen served as pallbearers, and a repentant king also paid his respects to the victims. Lithograph from the Neuruppiner Bilderbogen, 1848.