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jerichorayel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Order of Karl Marx is one of the highest awards given by the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), an old German Republic. This Order has a total of 86 recipients from 1953-1989 and includes a prize money and gold (gold standard 333 or 8 karat). 

This Order was established on 1953 during the celebration of Karl Heinrich Marx's 135th birthday. It was an award recommended by the German Democratic Republic Council to be given to individuals, organizations, groups that show exceptional work and efforts in relation to ideology, ethics, culture, socio-economic, peace and other disciplines. 

This order was stopped as the German Democratic Republic failed to sustain its status as a country in 1989-1990 but brought unification and organization in the German divisions and other Soviet allies. 

zumba96 | Student

The order of Karl Marx was the most important order within the German Democratic Republic and was founded on May 5,1953 on Karl Marx's 135th birthday. This award was granted to those "individuals, enterprises, organizations, and military groups for exceptional merit in relation to ideology, culture, economy, and other designations." Citizens of other countries have been known to receive this award as well.