Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent

Directors: Rachel Eskin Fisher, Rachel Nierenberg Pasternak
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 50 min
Language: English
Date: Tuesday, November 11, 6 and 8 pm
(later screening followed by panel discussion)
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Festivals & Awards: Official Selection Jerusalem
Film Festival
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Delivering March Speech
Joachim Prinz cautioned that “America must not become a nation of onlookers. America must not remain silent.” Has Prinz’s pronouncement ever been more relevant, more timely, than in present-day America?

In 1930’s Berlin, a young Rabbi named Joachim Prinz refused to keep quiet while the rights and dignity of German Jews were being systematically stripped away. In attempt to raise Jewish morale, Prinz preached about the value of Judaism and the importance of self-preservation. After Prinz was expelled from Berlin in 1937, he immigrated to the United States, where the tenets of democracy and freedom reigned. Unfortunately, it did not take long for America to bear its own strange fruit. After witnessing the widespread racism against African-Americans, Prinz renewed his commitment to restoring justice to his fellow man.

As rabbi of Temple B’nai Abraham in Newark, NJ and later as President of the American Jewish Congress, Prinz grew to be a key leader in the civil rights movement, working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to organize the 1963 March on Washington. Addressing thousands of hopeful onlookers moments before King would most notably proclaim I have a Dream, it was on this day Prinz asked Americans to make their voices heard.

This compelling documentary by Rachel Eskin Fisher and Rachel Nierenberg Pasternak traces the remarkable life of Joachim Prinz, his contributions to strengthening Jewish-Black relations in America, and the power of our collective voice in the universal struggle for peace.

Special Guests: Producer Rachel Eskin Fisher; Deborah Prinz (Joachim’s Daughter); Michael Meyer, visiting fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, Professor Emeritus at HUC-JIR, and author of Joachim Prinz, Rebellious Rabbi: An Autobiography

Sponsored By: Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, Nancy and David Colman, Debra and Harris Devor, National Museum of American Jewish History

Community Partners: Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, Operation Understanding, American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia, The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

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