Wilhelm Klemperer (born March 30, 1839 in Prague , Bohemia , Austrian Empire ; died February 12, 1912 in Berlin ) was a German reform rabbi . In a Prague document, however, the date of birth is given as March 31st.
Wilhelm Klemperer was a son of the rabbi and teacher Abraham Klemperer. He attended grammar school in Prague and in 1855 went to the Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslau , where he received the rabbinical diploma in 1863. From 1858 he studied philosophy and ancient languages at the University of Breslau and received his doctorate in 1861 at the University of Leipzig with the dissertation The large assembly and the Soferim . In 1864 Klemperer was elected rabbi at the synagogue (Landsberg an der Warthe) in Landsberg an der Warthe .
Klemperer married his Prague cousin Henriette Franke in 1863 and they had nine children. The firstborn son died at the age of three. Among his 8 other children were Georg Klemperer , doctor and director of the Berlin-Moabit hospital , Felix Klemperer , doctor and director of the Berlin-Reinickendorf hospital, and the Romanist Victor Klemperer , author of Lingua Tertii Imperii . The conductor Otto Klemperer was a nephew.
On February 10, 1885, Wilhelm Klemperer was elected rabbi of the synagogue community in Bromberg ; after moving to Berlin, he gave his inaugural sermon on June 21, 1891 as the second preacher at the synagogue of the Jewish Reform Congregation in Johannisstrasse. He published several writings.
Wilhelm and Henriette Klemperer's grave is in the Jewish cemetery in Berlin-Weißensee .
- Festive and occasional sermons . Breslau: Schletter'sche Buchhandlung, 1866 
- Voltaire and the Jews. Lecture, given for the benefit of the scholarship fund of the University for the Science of Judaism, expanded with additions and comments . Berlin: Verl. D. Bibliographer. Bureaus, 1894. 
- Contributions to comparative gnomology : with special consideration of the Talmudic proverbs and sentences . Berlin: S. Calvary, 1894.
- Carsten L. Wilke : The rabbis of the emancipation period in the German, Bohemian and Greater Poland countries 1781-1871. Biographical Handbook of the Rabbis Part 1, Saur, Munich 2004, ISBN 978-3-598-24871-9 , pp. 529f. 
- Salomon Wininger : Great Jewish National Biography . Volume 3. Chernivtsi, 1927, Col. 468
- Bach systems sro: Directory of the Prague population 1830-1910 (1920); 67 • 1809 • Klemperer, Abraham Nehemias. In: Archivní catalog. Retrieved August 18, 2018 .
- Klemperer, Josef: Family Collection 1922-1967, Family Josef Klemperer / Klopper from Prague. In: Center for Jewish History, Digital Collections. Leo Baeck Institute, LBI Archives, New York, accessed August 17, 2018 .
- Bach systems sro: Archivní catalog; 123 • 1839 • Klemperer, Wilhelm. In: Archives of the City of Prague. Retrieved November 14, 2018 .
- Klemperer, Victor: Curriculum Vitae . Ed .: Walter Nowojski. 1st edition. tape 1 . Rütten & Loening, Berlin 1989, ISBN 3-352-00247-9 , pp. 188 .
- Klemperer, Victor: Curriculum Vitae . Ed .: Walter Nowojski. 1st edition. tape 1 . Rütten & Loening, Berlin 1989, ISBN 3-352-00247-9 , pp. 39 ff .
- Dr Adolf Brüll (Ed.): Popular scientific monthly sheets for instruction on Judaism . 5th year. Frankfurt am Main April 1, 1885, p. 85 .
- The church . In: Allgemeine Zeitung des Judenthums . tape 55 , no. 26 , June 26, 1891, pp. 1 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German reform rabbi|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 31, 1839|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Prague , Austrian Empire|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 12, 1912|
|Place of death||Berlin|