A statue of German philosopher Karl Marx was erected on a platform in Trier city centre, his home town, on Friday. The statue is a gift from the Chinese government, who celebrate Marx's Communist thought, and is 5.5m (18ft) tall. It will be uncovered on Marx's 200th birthday within sight of his family home. Marx was born in Trier in on 5 May 1818 and lived there before leaving for... Еще university. Frequently exiled for his political views, he lived throughout Europe for decades before settling in London, where he died in 1883.