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Emil Fuchs Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-047

Scope and Contents

Emil Fuch's religious writings in this collection were prepared mostly in the 1930's and are in mimeographed form. The autobiographical works in Volume 1, describing a life of remarkable religious faith, theological study, and resistance to Nazi oppression, were revised and published in two volumes, Mein Leben, (Leipzig, 1957-9). A shorter autobiographical work in English is Christ in Catastrophe (Wallingford, PA: Pendle Hill Pamphlet #49, 1949).

Other religious and ethical writings of Emil Fuchs available at Friends Historical Library include Christliche und Marxistsche Ethik (Leipzig: Koehler & Amelang, 1958-9) and some shorter works. Volumes 2-5 in the Emil Fuchs Papers listed below are studies of the following New Testament works: the Gospels (John, Luke, Mark, and Matthew), Revelation, and Paul's Letter to the Romans. All works in the Fuchs Papers are in German.


  • Creation: 1934-1939


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Emil Fuchs (1874-1971) became the first Lutheran pastor after World War I in Germany to join the Social Democratic Party, and he also joined a group known as the Religious Socialists. Fuchs became a pacifist, and in 1925, he became a Quaker. In 1931 he was appointed a professor of religious science at the Teachers' Training College in Kiel. Fuchs was dismissed from his professorship by the Nazis and briefly imprisoned, and his family also suffered. After the war he taught for the year 1948-1949 at Pendle Hill, the Quaker study center at Wallingford, PA. Later in 1949, he accepted an appointment as Professor of Theology at the University of Leipzig.


1.5 linear ft. (3 boxes)

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Emil Fuchs (1874-1971) was the first Lutheran pastor to join the Social Democratic Party in Germany after World War I. He was a pacifist and became a member of the Society of Friends in 1925. Six years later he was appointed a Professor of Religious Science at Kiel, but was dismissed and briefly imprisoned by the Nazis. The religious writings in this collection were prepared mostly in the 1930's and are in mimeographed form. The autobiographical work was revised and published as Mein Leben (Leipzig, 1957-59) and a shorter form was published in English as a Pendle Hill pamphlet, Christ in Catastrophe (Wallingford, Pa., 1949).

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Christel Holzer, 1987

Christel Holzer was the daughter of Emil Fuchs.

Related Materials

See also:

  1. See book catalogue for printed works by Emil Fuchs.
  2. Mein Leben, 224 p. revised and published as volume 1 of Mein Leben (Leipzig: Koehler * Amelang, 1957) BX7796.F96A1 v.1
  3. Aus Meiner Lebens-Arbeit, 239 p. Revised and published as volume 2 of Mein Leben (Leipzig: Koehler * Amelang, 1957) BX7796.F96A1 v.2

Processing Information

Papers were received in 5 loose-leaf binders (non-archival, labeled volumes 1-5. Papers have been removed from the binders and placed in acid-free boxes and folders, retaining the arrangement. NOTE: Predominantly in German

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