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Lemle, Heinrich

From 1934 to 1938 Heinrich Lemle was youth rabbi in the Frankfurt Jewish community and belonged to the Jewish Reform Movement.
Lemle was born in Augsburg in 1909, studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslaw, and at the University for Jewish Knowledge in Berlin. He studied concurrently at the universities of Breslaw, Berlin and Würzburg, where he graduated in 1932. Lemle first worked as a preacher in Nordhausen, and was then called to Frankfurt as Youth Rabbi in 1934, to provide support for the sole remaining liberal rabbi, Georg Salzberger during a period of many burdens.
Following the pogrom on 910 November 1938, Lemle was arrested and deported to Buchenwald concentration camp. After three weeks he was released as a result of intervention from abroad, and was allowed to emigrate to England in December 1938. From there he reemigrated to Brazil. In 1942 he founded a liberal Jewish community in Rio de Janeiro. In 1952 he became chief rabbi of Brazil, then Professor of Hebrew at the University of Rio de Janeiro.
He became wellknown as the publisher and translator of prayerbooks and as the author of many books on Jewish history and religion.

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