"The strongest fight their entire lives". In memory of Theodor Bergman (7 March 1916-12 June 2017)
His was a 20th century life in every sense: born in Berlin on 7 March 1916 to the rather large family of Reform rabbi Julius Jehuda Bergmann and his wife Hedwig née Rosenzweig, Theodor Bergmann entered the Communist movement in 1927 at the age of 11. He first joined the Communist Party, or KPD’s youth organisation, the Jungspartakusbund, but declined to join the party itself, instead decamping to the anti-Stalinist KPD-Opposition (KPO) around Heinrich Brandler and August Thalheimer together with his brothers Alfred and Josef.
He barely managed to escape Nazi Germany in 1933, targeted as Jewish and Red. Throughout the war, he was in mortal danger.
Interview in English at the age of 98: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZs25lO_lVQ