Karl Marx’s Highgate cemetery memorial stone is vandalised for second time this month

Graffiti-daubing vandals have targeted the memorial of Karl Marx in as many weeks.

‘Doctrine of Hate’ and ‘Architect of Genocide’ were sprayed in red letters on the grave of the German philosopher – the most famous resident of Highgate Cemetery in north London.

Only two weeks ago a hammer attack was launched on the monument, leading to fears from the charity which runs the cemetery the tribute to the Father of Communism ‘will never be the same again’.  

Under attack: Red graffiti is sprayed on Karl Marx's memorial in Highgate Cemetery in north London

Under attack: Red graffiti is sprayed on Karl Marx's memorial in Highgate Cemetery in north London

Under attack: Red graffiti is sprayed on Karl Marx’s memorial in Highgate Cemetery in north London

Then the marble plaque had been chipped by a blunt instrument in what looked like ‘a deliberate attack on the memory of Karl Marx himself,’ according to the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust.

Maxwell Blowfield said he was ‘quite shocked’ to see the vandalism when he visited the cemetery on Saturday morning with his mother.

Mr Blowfield, 31, who works as a press officer with the British Museum, said it was particularly sad as tourists regularly visit the site.

‘It’s a highlight of the cemetery,’ he said.

Father of Communism: 'Doctrine of Hate' and 'Architect of Genocide' were sprayed on the iconic memorial weeks after the hammer attack

Father of Communism: 'Doctrine of Hate' and 'Architect of Genocide' were sprayed on the iconic memorial weeks after the hammer attack

Father of Communism: ‘Doctrine of Hate’ and ‘Architect of Genocide’ were sprayed on the iconic memorial weeks after the hammer attack

Marx's memorial: The site is a 'highlight of the cemetery' according to Maxwell Blowfield, a press officer at the British Museum 

Marx's memorial: The site is a 'highlight of the cemetery' according to Maxwell Blowfield, a press officer at the British Museum 

Marx’s memorial: The site is a ‘highlight of the cemetery’ according to Maxwell Blowfield, a press officer at the British Museum 

‘It’s a shame. The red paint will disappear, I assume, but to see that kind of level of damage and to see it happen twice, it’s not good.

‘I wouldn’t like to say who or why someone did it but it was clearly someone very critical of Marx and that part of history. I am just surprised that somebody in 2019 feels they need to and do something like that.’

Following the hammer attack on the memorial on February 4, Ian Dungavell, the trust’s chief executive, said the vandal attack on the Grade I-listed monument, which puts it on a par with the most important buildings in the country, was ‘very upsetting’.

Originally, the plaque was first used on the grave of Marx’s wife, Jenny von Westphalen, in 1881.

But it was moved when the remains of Marx and his wife were exhumed and reinterred in a more prominent place in the cemetery in 1954.

Inscriptions on the grave of the German philospher Karl Marx who died in London on March 14, 1883

Inscriptions on the grave of the German philospher Karl Marx who died in London on March 14, 1883

Inscriptions on the grave of the German philospher Karl Marx who died in London on March 14, 1883

No arrests: The police has confirmed no one has been hauled in following the two attacks on the tribute in Highgate Cemetery

No arrests: The police has confirmed no one has been hauled in following the two attacks on the tribute in Highgate Cemetery

No arrests: The police has confirmed no one has been hauled in following the two attacks on the tribute in Highgate Cemetery

The monument is owned by the Marx Grave Trust, which is represented by the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell.

A report of criminal damage was lodged with the Metropolitan Police at around 10.50am on Saturday.

A spokesman said: ‘There have been no arrests. We would appeal to anyone who has any information to contact us.’

He further confirmed no arrests had been made following the February 4 attack.  

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