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Rabbi Leo Trepp was born in Mainz in 1913. After finishing his doctoral studies in Frankfurt, Berlin and Würzburg, he was ordained rabbi at the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary and served as “last rabbi in Nazi Germany” in Oldenburg, from 1936 until Kristallnacht in 1938. He was imprisoned in Sachsenhausen concentration camp and emigrated to the United States via England in 1940. Leo Trepp died in San Francisco in 2010.

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Martin Buber and Rabbi Leo Trepp, Leo Baeck Institute, F 5775.