Gunda Trepp

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Born (1958-12-30) December 30, 1958 (age 64)
Oldenburg, Germany
Alma materFree University of Berlin
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Gunda Trepp (* 30 December 1958 in Oldenburg, Germany) is a German author and journalist.


From 1982–1987, Gunda Trepp studied law at the Free University of Berlin. During this time, she worked with others to establish the first women’s group at the Faculty of Law. She subsequently attended the Henri-Nannen-School of Journalism. After embarking on her professional career as a lawyer and law lecturer, she began working as a freelance journalist for various media such as Der Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and the NDR. Trepp was business editor at the Berliner Zeitung until 2004. In 2000, she started a relationship with the religious philosopher and rabbi Leo Trepp and converted to Judaism in 2001. In 2019, she founded the Leo Trepp Stiftung (Foundation), which strives to deepen knowledge about Jewish life and Jewish ethics within society. Trepp has played an active role in her local Jewish community as a managing committee member of both the American Jewish Committee and her synagogue. She currently lives in San Francisco and Berlin.


Gunda Trepp’s work focuses on the reappraisal of the past and processes of dealing with the Shoah, as well as issues of social justice. After writing a book on violence and bullying amongst young people, she wrote together with Leo Trepp the book “Dein Gott ist mein Gott”. Wege zum Judentum und zur jüdischen Gemeinschaft (Your God is my God. Journey to Judaism and the Jewish community), published in 2005. In her essays for the Berliner Zeitung, Trepp was eager to familiarise readers with lesser-known Jewish life aspects. In 2006, she reflected on the fate of nearly 900,000 Jewish refugees in the Middle East while telling the story of Gina Bublis, an Arab Jew who had to flee Libya. In 2007, Trepp’s book So viele Tage ohne dich (So many days without you) was published by Verlag Herder. Trepp wrote the book as a reflection on her first husband’s death and called upon readers to face death in all sincerity and, in doing so, to actively make the most of the remaining time each of us has. Three years after Leo Trepp’s death, Gunda Trepp published texts written from 1943 to 2010 on Lebendiges Judentum (Vibrant Judaism). Her most recent publication is Der letzte Rabbiner. Das unorthodoxe Leben des Leo Trepp (The Last Rabbi. The unorthodox life of Leo Trepp) (2018). According to Simon Berninger (Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper), the biography is “the key to understanding this very unusual rabbi”.[1]. In Jüdische Rundschau, Nikoline Hansen writes that the book is “not only a gripping read but also manages to bring back to life the voice of Leo Trepp”[2] In an interview with Christiane Florin (Deutschlandfunk radio), Gunda Trepp says that only through knowledge and education can non-Jewish Germans help fight antisemitism. They particularly should know more “about how Jewish people live today, about Jewish ethics and how the State of Israel was created”[3].

List of works

  • „Vor der Pause habe ich richtig Angst“. Gewalt und Mobbing unter Jugendlichen. Was man dagegen tun kann, Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag, 1998.
  • „Dein Gott ist mein Gott“. Wege zum Judentum und zur jüdischen Gemeinschaft, together with Leo Trepp, Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag, 2005.
  • So viele Tage ohne dich. Dein Tod, meine Trauer, mein Leben, Freiburg: Herder Verlag, 2007.
  • Lebendiges Judentum. Texte aus den Jahren 1943 bis 2010, written by Leo Trepp, redacted by Gunda Trepp, Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag, 2013.
  • Der letzte Rabbiner: Das unorthodoxe Leben des Leo Trepp, Darmstadt: WBG Theiss, 2018.

Selected articles


  1. Bis zuletzt unorthodox In: Frankfurter Rundschau. 29 May 2019.
  2. Das unorthodoxe Leben des orthodoxen Rabbiners In: Jüdische Rundschau. 9 Novembre 2018.
  3. „Die Deutschen sollten sich den lebenden Juden zuwenden“ In: Deutschlandfunk. 9 Novembre 2018.

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