Karl Heinrich Marx was born on May 5, 1818, in the city of Trier in .
He was one of seven children of Jewish .
Parents. His father was fairly liberal, taking part in demonstrations .
for a constitution for Prussia and reading such authors as Voltaire .
and Kant, known for their social commentary. His mother, Henrietta, .
was originally from Holland and never became a German at heart, not .
even learning to speak the language properly. Shortly before Karl .
Marx was born, his father converted the family to the Evangelical .
Established Church, Karl being baptized at the age of six.
Marx attended high school in his home town (1830-1835) where several .
teachers and pupils were under suspicion of harboring liberal ideals.
Marx himself seemed to be a devoted Christian with a "longing for .
self-sacrifice on behalf of humanity." In October of 1835, he started .
attendance at the University of Bonn, enrolling in .
non-socialistic-related classes like Greek and Roman mythology and the .
history of art. During this time, he spent a day in jail for being .
"drunk and disorderly-the only imprisonment he suffered" in the .
course of his life. The student culture at Bonn included, as a major .
part, being politically rebellious and Marx was involved, presiding .
over the Tavern Club and joining a club for poets that included some .
politically active students. However, he left Bonn after a year and .
enrolled at the University of Berlin to study law and philosophy.
Marx's experience in Berlin was crucial to his introduction to Hegel's .
philosophy and to his "adherence to the Young Hegelians." Hegel's .
philosophy was crucial to the development of his own ideas and .
theories. Upon his first introduction to Hegel's beliefs, Marx felt a .
repugnance and wrote his father that when he felt sick, it was .
partially "from intense vexation at having to make an idol of a view .
[he] detested." The Hegelian doctrines exerted considerable pressure .