Eugène Pottier, lyricist of The Internationale, is buried not far from the Communard’s Wall.
The verses were written on 30 June 1871 in the immediate aftermath of the brutal crushing of the Paris Commune, when the author, Eugène Pottier, was hiding in fear of his life. His lyrics were intended to impart the historical experience of an important workers’ struggle to a worldwide audience. — Decyphering The Internationale: the Eugène Pottier code Donny Gluckstein
The Internationale (1888)
Lyrics by Eugène Pottier, music by Pierre-Chrétien Degeyter. There are a zillion versions of the song, here’s one by American folk icon, Pete Seeger.
L’Internationale documentary by Peter Miller (2000)
L'Internationale... Chantée en entier...!!! au Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (Commune de Paris) http://t.co/wMHAHMGGGt—
Plume (@Nadelaplume) May 25, 2013
Met most of the French Left in Père Lachaise this afternoon, commemorating the end of the Paris Commune in May 1871. http://t.co/6lC2KAISGC—
Samuel West (@exitthelemming) May 25, 2013
Eugène Pottier’s grave and the Communards’ Wall (Mur des Fédérés), divisions 95 and 76 respectively.