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Martin Riesenburger was born in Berlin in 1896. After WW I, he was a concert pianist, and he also studied Jewish philosophy at the Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums in Berlin. In June of 1933, Riesenburger started working for the Jewish community as Prediger (Preacher) in Berlin-Weissensee; Chaplain at the Jewish Old-Age Home; and Rabbi at the cemetery. He was protected from deportation by his Gentile wife, Natalie Riesenburger. After WW II, he was instrumental in rebuilding the Jewish community in Berlin, and in 1953 he became Rabbi of the Jewish congrgation in East-Berlin and then Landesrabbiner of the German Democratic Republic. Martin Riesenburger died in Berlin in 1965.

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Rabbi Martin Riesenburger, Leo Baeck Institute, F 82117.