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Joachim Prinz, Rebellious Rabbi

Joachim Prinz, Rebellious Rabbi

An Autobiography—the German and Early American Years

Edited by Michael A. Meyer

Published by: Indiana University Press

320 pages, 155.00 x 235.00 x 0.00 mm, 18 b&w photos

  • ISBN: 9780253349392
  • Published: November 2007



Joachim Prinz (1902–1988) was one of the most extraordinary and innovative figures in modern Jewish history. Never one for conformity, Prinz developed and modeled a new rabbinical role that set him apart from his colleagues in Weimar Germany. Provocative, strikingly informal and determinedly anti-establishment, he repeatedly stirred up controversy. During the Hitler years, Prinz strove to preserve the self-respect and dignity of a Jewish community that was vilified on a daily basis by Nazi propaganda. After immigrating to the United States in 1937, he soon became a prominent rabbi in New Jersey, drawing thousands to his unpredictable sermons. Prinz's autobiography, superbly introduced and annotated by Michael A. Meyer, offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and personality of this unconventional and influential rabbi.