SENTENCED TO DEATH!: THE JEWS IN NAZI GERMANY, AN OPINION BASED ON ONE MONTH'S STUDY IN THE THIRD REICH FROM JUNE 1 TO JULY 1, 1933; AND, I REVISIT NAZI GERMANY, 1935. WITH REVISIONS, AN EXPLANATORY INTROD. AND AN EPILOGUE
St. Louis, Mo. ; Sinai Book Service, 1961. Item #42334
Original paper wrappers. 8vo. 41 pages. 22 cm. First edition. Contains the contents of Rabbi Isserman’s prognosis, at two separate intervals, while visiting the Jewish community in the early Nazi period; Rabbi Isserman reveals some of his sources - such as his discussions with Rabbi Leo Baeck during his visits – in a new introduction. With an epilogue on Rabbi Baeck’s Analysis of the Cause of Jewish Suffering. “Ferdinand M. Isserman was born on March 4, 1898 in Antwerp, Belgium. His family immigrated to the United States in 1906, settling in Newark, New Jersey, Isserman attended schools in both Antwerp and Newark, graduating from Newark's Central High School in June 1914. In September 1914, Isseman entered Hebrew Union College (HUC) where, in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati, he studied for his bachelor's degree while training for the rabbinate. In 1917, he received a Bachelor of Hebrew Letters degree from HUC. In 1919, Isserman completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and three years later (June 1922) he was ordained a rabbi. While in school, Isserman participated in various extra-curricular activities. He was on both the University of Cincinnati and the HUC basketball teams (lettering in basketball at the University of Cincinnati) , he served as president of the HUC Literary Society in 1920-1921, and in 1921-1922 he was president of the HUC student body. Upon ordination, Isserman became Assistant Rabbi under Rev. Dr. Harry W. Ettelson at Rodeph Shalom Congregation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He remained in this position for three years, during which he studied at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Master of Arts degree in comparative religion in 1924. In 1925, Isserman assumed the position of rabbi of the Toronto Hebrew Congregation (‘Holy Blossom’) in Canada. In Toronto, Isserman distinguished himself by arranging Canada's first pulpit exchange between a Christian minister and a Jewish rabbi. In 1929, Isserman became rabbi of Temple Israel in St. Louis, Missouri, where he remained through 1963. Isserman visited Nazi Germany three times (in 1933, 1935 and 1937) and participated in many civic as well as Jewish oriented organizations. Some of his more prominent activities included: conducting weekly Jewish programs on local radio stations (1932-1963) , holding an annual Institute on Judaism for the Christian Clergy at Temple Israel (1937-1962) , serving as president of the University of Missouri Jewish Student Foundation (1940-1947) , spending one year overseas during World War II with the American Red Cross (1943) , serving as first president of the combined Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Alumni Association (1950-1951) , chairing both the American Jewish Tercentenary Committee of St. Louis and the American Jewish Tercentenary Committee of Missouri (1954) , serving as the American chairman of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (1955-1956) , and chairing the Thomas C. Hennings Jr. Memorial Committee (1960) . Rabbi Isserman's participation in the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) deserves special note. He was very active with the CCAR's Commission on Justice and Peace from 1942 through 1950, serving as chairman from 1942 through 1945. In 1942, Isserman helped organize and presided over the Commission's American Institute on Judaism and A Just and Enduring Peace, in 1945 he organized the Commission's Institute on Judaism and Race Relations, and in 1950 he helped organize the CCAR's Institute on Reform Jewish Theology Today. Isserman died in March, 1972.” (American Jewish Archives; A Finding Aid to the Ferdinand M. Isserman Papers) Subjects: Jews - Persecutions – Germany. OCLC: 9065545. Jewish institutional stamp and ink mark on cover, otherwise Very Good Condition (HOLO2-105-8).