Manchester has a Soviet statue of Engels
1. Engels came to Manchester in 1842 and went on to chronicle the depths of poverty in the city, in his work ‘The Condition of the Working Class in England’, which was published in 1845.
Written in German however, it was not until 1885 that it could be read in English.
2. Engels was a polyglot and is said that he was able to speak more than 20 languages, Russian, Irish Gaelic, Spanish, Polish, French, and English.
It is also understood that he spoke Persian, which he taught himself in just THREE WEEKS.
3. Against the idea of marriage, he had two mistresses during his lifetime - and they were sisters.
Mary Burns was an 18-year-old factory worker at his father’s mill when they met and they were in a relationship until her death.
Engels then began a relationship with Mary’s younger sister, Lizzie, whom he later married, on her deathbed.
4. Engels worked in Salford.
The young German originally came to Manchester, in December 1842, to work at the headquarters of the family firm of Ermen & Engels, in Weaste.
He stayed in the area for 30 years.