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Emil Fuchs Papers


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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.

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.

Donor: Christel Holzer, 1987

Christel Holzer was the daughter of Emil Fuchs.

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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Mein Leben.
Volume 1 Box 1
Scope and Contents

Revised and published as volume 1 of Mein Leben (Leipzig: Koehler & Amelang, 1957). BX7796.F96A1 v.1.

Physical Description

224 pp.

Aus Meiner Lebens-Arbeit.
Scope and Contents

Revised and published as volume 2 of Mein Leben (Leipzig: Koehler & Amelang, 1957). BX7796.F96A1 v.2 An English translation of p.1 of Mein Leben and portions of Chapters 4 and 8 of Aus Meiner Lebens-Arbeit has been made by Ulrich Leppman.

Physical Description

239 pp.

Das Neue Testament denen ausgelegt, die sich nach der Erfuessing seine Verheissung sehnen von Emil Fuchs, 1934.
Announcement of Das Neue Testament.
Volume 2 Box 2
Das Evangelium nach Johannes [also titled] Frohe Botschaft nach Johannes, Januar 1939.
Physical Description

272 pp.

Offenbarung des Johannes, Juli 1938.
Physical Description

92 pp.

Die Frohe Botschaft nach Lukas, Februar 1939.
Volume 3
Physical Description

240 pp.

Auslegung des Evangeliums nach Markus, Januar 1938.
Physical Description

100 pp.

Das Evangelium nach Matthaeus.
Volume 4 Box 3
Physical Description

229 pp.

Leiden, Sterben und Auferstehen, Jesu des Christus, nach der Erzaehlung des Evangeliums des Matthaeus in seiner Bedeutung fuer uns dargestellt von Emil Fuchs, Marz 1935.
Physical Description

155 pp.

Der Brief des Paulus die Romer, ubersetz und ausgelegt von Emil Fuchs, 1935-1937.
Volume 5
Physical Description

392 pp.

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