Most, Johann Joseph
- Thomas Reimer
Most, Johann Joseph (05 February 1846–17 March 1906), anarchist leader, was born in Augsburg, Germany, the son of Josef Most, a legal copyist, and Viktoria Hinterhuber, a governess. Most’s youth was bitter and gave him a fierce hatred of authority. The city authorities gave a marriage license to his impoverished parents only two years after his birth, a social stain in his devout Catholic hometown. A jaw infection left him with a twisted face, crushed his hopes to join the stage, for which he was gifted, and made him the target of lifelong ridicule. Then his mother died in 1856, and his stepmother was cruel and abusive....