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Rabbi Dienemann Dies in Palestine; Had Been Beaten in Nazi Camps

April 14, 1939
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Max Dienemann, prominent German Jewish rabbi who came here three weeks ago, died today from the after effects of maltreatment in Nazi concentration camps. He was 64 years old.

Rabbi Dienemann, who was a leader of the Union of Jewish War Veterans in Germany and a well-known author, was an early victim of the Nazi regime. A resident of Offenbach, he was first arrested by the Gestapo in 1933 and held two weeks in the Osthofen concentration camp for having described in a sermon the atrocities perpetrated in Biblical times and declaring that “to Jews it is the same thing whether the atrocities are committed by a French general or by the German police.”

His last experience with a Nazi concentration camp was during the period following the pogroms in Germany last November. He was among the first Jewish leaders seized and was held in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp for more than a month. Rabbi Dienemann was author of “Jewry and Christianity” and a number of other books on religious topics. He also contributed to periodicals.

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