Albert Friedlander - In Memoriam

Rabbi Albert Friedlander, a German emigre who became one of the most prominent Jewish leaders in the English-speaking world, died in London on July 8, 2004. Long-time rabbi of the Westminster Synagogue, he was serving at his death as Dean of Leo Baeck College. He held leadership positions in the Conference of Christians and Jews (London), the World Union of Progressive Judaism, and the World Conference of Religions for Peace. Born in Berlin in 1927, he was educated in Germany, Cuba, and the United States, receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1966. He served as visiting professor at universities in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, and the United States, and was the editor of the periodicals European Judaism and Dialog der Religionen. His major works include Leo Baeck: Teacher of Theresienstadt (1968), Out of the Whirlwind: A Reader of Holocaust Literature (1968), The Six Days of Destruction: Meditations Towards Hope (with Elie Wiesel, 1988), Thread of Gold: Journeys Towards Reconciliation (1990), Riders Towards the Dawn: from Holocaust to Hope (1993), and Das Ende der Nacht: Jüdische und christliche Denker nach der Shoah (1995).

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