BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE
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.
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS
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.
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