Rabbi Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent

Rabbi Prinz

So proud to have scored a documentary feature from R Squared Productions, JOACHIM PRINZ: I SHALL NOT BE SILENT

This is a film about a rabbi who would not be silenced, from synagogues in 1930’s BerlinĀ to the March on Washington in 1963.

Expelled from Germany in 1937, Prinz arrived in the United States, the land where democracy had supposedly triumphed over bigotry and hatred. Here, he witnessed racism against African Americans and realized the American ideal was not a reality.

As rabbi of Temple B’nai Abraham in Newark, NJ and later as President of the American Jewish Congress, Prinz became a leader of the civil rights movement.

Prinz worked to organize the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, declaring, “bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem. The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.” Moments later, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech.

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