in memory of Rabbi Leo Trepp
In 2013, Rabbi Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Leo Trepp DD would have been 100 years old. The "University in the City Hall" lecture series to be held in the Mainz city hall in winter semester 2012/13 will be dedicated to him.
He was born in Mainz in 1913, taught as professor of philosophy and humanities from 1951 to 1983 at Napa College in California. Although he himself had been a victim of the Nazi regime, from the 1950s onwards Trepp regularly returned to Germany to hold lectures and work towards reconciliation between Jews and Christians. From his retirement to his death in 2010, he taught every summer as Professor of Judaic Studies at the Faculty of Protestant Theology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. His listeners were not only impressed by his profound knowledge but also by his wisdom, humanity, kindness, and tolerance. Numerous honors and awards were bestowed upon him.
Designed to commemorate Rabbi Trepp, the "University in City Hall" lecture series in the 2012/2013 winter semester will deal with issues arising from his thinking and with aspects of his life. To round it all off, his widow Gunda Trepp will be reading from her late husband's as yet unpublished autobiography.