A man sits in a prison cell.
His name – Kurt Eisner.
In January 1918, he helped to organize a strike for workers who called for an immediate end to the World War. As a ringleader, he is now charged with high treason.
His diary entry reads: “Those were the best days of my life, during the uprising, the struggle. I saw the human soul re-emerge....”
The Munich proletariat had taken a stand against the “war of lunacy and lunatics”. And Eisner risked his all to help them. In doing so, he gave his former party – the party of the working class – a lesson in “politics as action
Now he sits in a prison cell at Au detention center. Given the circumstances and the sentence he is likely to receive, he is – to use his own metaphor – a “dead man on vacation”.
As he is prevented from taking any political action, Eisner sorts through his journalistic writings and essays spanning the previous 20 years and compiles his Collected Writings.
They are published by the Paul Cassirer Verlag in Berlin in 1919. By that time, Eisner is dead.