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Aaron Tänzer in 1907

Aaron Tänzer during World War I, with the ribbon of the Iron Cross and a Star of David, 1917

Aaron Tänzer ((also) German language: Aron Tänzer, Hungarian language: Tänzer Áron; also German language: Arnold Tänzer; January 30, 1871 – February 26, 1937, Göppingen) was an Austrian rabbi. He was born in Pressburg, Hungary.

He studied at the Pressburg Rabbinerschule, and Oriental philology and history at the University of Berlin (PhD 1895). In 1896 he was called to Hohenems as chief rabbi of Tyrol and Vorarlberg; and from 1904 to 1907 he was rabbi of Meran (Tyrol). From 1907 until his death he served as rabbi of the Jewish community of Göppingen in Württemberg. His history of the Jews of Göppingen and nearby Jebenhausen is notable a thorough documentation of a Jewish community from its beginnings.

In World War I, he served as a Feldrabbiner (Jewish chaplain) in the German army, primarily on the Eastern front. looked after German and Austrian Jewish soldiers and took care of Jewish prisoners of war in POW camps (like Doeberitz and Sedan).[1]


He wrote:

  • Die Religionsphilosophie Josef Albo's, Frankfort-on-the-Main, 1896
  • Der Israelitische Friedhof in Hohenems, Vienna, 1901
  • Judenthum und Entwickelungslehre, Berlin, 1903
  • Geschichte der Juden in Tirol und Vorarlberg, vol. i, ib. 1903-4.
  • Die Geschichte der Juden in Jebenhausen und Göppingen. Nachdruck der Ausgabe 1927. Konrad, Weißenhorn 1988, ISBN 3-87437-274-X (Veröffentlichung des Stadtarchivs Göppingen. Band 23)


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