The rabbi and the reverend Joachim Prinz, Martin Luther King Jr., and their fight against silence

Audrey Ades

Book - 2021

"This is the story of two men, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rabbi Joachim Prinz, an immigrant from Nazi Germany, with a shared belief that remaining silent in the face of injustice was wrong"--

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Minnepolis, MN : Kar-Ben Publishing [2021]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Audience
Ages 4-10
Grades 2-3
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781541589766
1541589769
9781541589773
1541589777
Main Author
Audrey Ades (author)
Other Authors
Chiara Fedele (illustrator)
  • Oppeln, Germany : 1910
  • Atlanta, Georgia : 1935
  • Montgomery, Alabama : 1955
  • Washington, D.C. : August 28, 1968.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

When white German rabbi Joachim Prinz delivered sermons opposing the content of Hitler's laws, he and his family were exiled, landing in America in 1937. But Prinz soon realized that Black people's treatment in America paralleled much of Jewish people's in Germany: both faced discrimination and segregation. Meanwhile, Martin Luther King Jr., age six in 1935, noticed the injustices Black Americans people faced; as he grew up, he spoke out in his church as a reverend and protested on the streets. United in their fight for justice, Prinz and MLK became mutual supporters. Ades's prose is affecting and effective in its directness: "In Germany, he had seen what could happen when people stood by while their neighbors suffered." Fedele's art evokes paintings and line drawings in a retro palette, offering a rich complement to this striking narrative of interfaith, cross-cultural support for equality. Back matter includes a timeline, photographs, glossary, and further reading. Ages 4–10. (Nov.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

When white German rabbi Joachim Prinz delivered sermons opposing the content of Hitler's laws, he and his family were exiled, landing in America in 1937. But Prinz soon realized that Black people's treatment in America paralleled much of Jewish people's in Germany: both faced discrimination and segregation. Meanwhile, Martin Luther King Jr., age six in 1935, noticed the injustices Black Americans people faced; as he grew up, he spoke out in his church as a reverend and protested on the streets. United in their fight for justice, Prinz and MLK became mutual supporters. Ades's prose is affecting and effective in its directness: "In Germany, he had seen what could happen when people stood by while their neighbors suffered." Fedele's art evokes paintings and line drawings in a retro palette, offering a rich complement to this striking narrative of interfaith, cross-cultural support for equality. Back matter includes a timeline, photographs, glossary, and further reading. Ages 4–10. (Nov.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

This timely tale of Black and white Americans working together for a cause shows how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during his “I Have a Dream” speech, was joined by a refugee from Nazi Germany who also shared his belief in justice. Simultaneous. Illustrations.