My friend and colleague Theodor Bergmann, who has died aged 101, was a German communist and an accomplished agronomist and historian. He was the last living eyewitness to the powerful labour movement of interwar Weimar Germany.

Born in Berlin, the son of Reform rabbi Julius and his wife, Hedwig (nee Rosenzweig), Theodor joined the communist movement at the age of 11, briefly participating in the Communist Youth League before joining his brothers Alfred and Josef in the Communist party (Opposition), or KPO, led by expelled anti-Stalinist dissidents.

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