Jenny Marx (born von Westphalen) 1814 – 1881)
Jenny von Westphalen was born on February 12, 1814 in the hanseatic city of Salzwedel in the state of Saxony Anhalt. The family
moved to Trier in her infancy (1816). In Trier she would meet her future husband,
Karl Marx. After an engagement of seven
years the couple married in 1843. She
shared the political views of her husband, Karl, and devoted her life,
thereafter, to supporting her husbands work.
She transcribed and proofread her husband’s manuscripts and discussed
ideas with him as he developed his theories. .
The couple had seven children of whom only three survived childhood,
Eleanor, Jenny and Laura.
accompanied her husband to exile in Brussels, Paris and finally London. Although Friedrich Engels
was able to supply some financial assistance, the family lived in near poverty
during the London
years. In 1856 Jenny fell ill with smallpox.
She recovered but was left deaf and heavily scarred. In 1867 she was diagnosed with cancer and
died of that malady in London
Jenny Marx geborene von Westphalen lebte
von 1814 bis 1881. Sie kam aus einer reichen, konservativen Familie und war die
Ehefrau von Karl Marx, den sie gegen den Willen ihrer Familie im Jahre 1843
heiratete. Sie ging mit ihm ins Exil, zuerst nach Paris und später nach Brüssel
und London. Die Familie lebte in extremer Armut, trotz des Verdienstes von
politischem Journalismus. Sie hatten sechs Kinder, drei von ihnen starben jung.