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  8/28/2013, Elul 22, 5773

Rabbi's Speech at MLK's March on Washington Remembered


Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, an American civil rights march initiated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, Rabbi Joachim Prinz spoke as well. One of the most memorable selections from his speech was, "when I was the rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin under the Hitler regime, I learned many things. The most important thing that I learned under those most tragic circumstances was that 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."

The quote was repeated by Dr. King in a speech at the American Jewish Committee on May 20, 1965 in which he also called for freedom for Soviet Jewry.