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Prinz, Joachim

b. 1902 - d. 1988

Joachim Prinz, a prominent rabbi in Berlin, Germany, completed a doctorate in philosophy and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslau. Fearing Hitler’s ascension to power, Prinz urged Jews to leave Germany. He was arrested numerous times and harassed by the Gestapo until he was expelled from the country in 1937 and emigrated to the U.S. He took the rabbinate at Temple B’nai Abraham in Newark and became involved in Jewish organizations nationally and internationally, chairing the World Jewish Congress and serving as president of the American Jewish Congress from 1955 to 1968. He was active in the Civil Rights Movement, which he felt mirrored the Jewish struggle against Nazism. At the 1963 March on Washington, Prinz delivered an oration preceding Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech in which he urged Americans not to remain silent in the face of injustice.

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1966 Notes on the War

Dr. King annotates a speech to address his concerns about the war in Vietnam and his duties as a civil rights leader.

Address by Rabbi Joachim Prinz

Rabbi Joachim Prinz's address at the March on Washington focuses on the importance of freedom. He relates the struggle that blacks are currently enduring to the Nazism Jews faced during the reign of Hitler.

Biographical Sketches of Leaders of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

These are biographical sketches of various leaders who were involved in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedoms. These distinguished individuals were involved in organizations that focused on equality and nonviolence.

March on Washington Record

Entitled "We Shall Overcome!" this document advertises the selling of the "authorized record" of the 1963 March on Washington. The record includes "inspiring songs of freedom" and speeches from the historical march.

Memorandum Regarding The March On Washington For Jobs and Freedom

In this memorandum, Bayard Rustin provides various civil rights leaders with the agenda for their upcoming leadership meeting regarding the 1963 March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom.

My Dream: Peace - God's Business and Man's

This document is a draft in progress of an article wrote for the Chicago Defender. Dr. King conveys his desire for war to be eliminated as an option to solve the nation's problems. He feels that full equality will never come to pass unless solutions involving violence are deemed to be methods of the past.

The Jerusalem Post: Martin Luther King's Jewish Associations

In this article, Dr. Israel Goldstein describes the friendship between Dr. King and the American Jewish Congress, including the degree of Jewish participation in Dr. King's 1963 March on Washington.