Peter Nothjung was born in Germany in 1821. He became a tailor in Cologne, Germany, where he joined the Cologne Workers' Association. Nothjung also became a member of the Communist League. As such, he served as an emissary between the Cologne Workers Association and the Central Authority of the Communist League. Nothjung later was accused by Prussian authorities of traitorious activities and became one of defendants in the "Trial of Cologne Communists" in 1852. Peter Nothjung died in 1866.
- Karl Marx and Frederick Engels joint "Address to the Central Authority" of the Communist League in June 1850 contained in the Collected Works of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels: Volume 10 (International Publishers: New York, 1978) p. 376.
- Biographical note contained in the Collected Works of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels: Volume 10, p. 729.
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