Gottfried Fuchs

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Gottfried Fuchs
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Personal information
Full name Gottfried Erik Fuchs;
later Godfrey Fuchs
Date of birth (1889-05-03)3 May 1889
Place of birth Karlsruhe, Germany[1]
Date of death 25 February 1972(1972-02-25) (aged 82)
Place of death Westmount, Montreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Karlsruher FV[1]
Düsseldorfer SC
National team
1907 –1913 Germany 6 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gottfried Erik Fuchs (also Godfrey Fuchs;[2] 3 May 1889 – 25 February 1972) was a German Olympic footballer who emigrated to Canada.

A German Jew, he was exiled and fled Nazi Germany in 1937 because of the Holocaust and emigrated first to England and then in 1940 to Canada.[3][4][2] His older brother was composer and architect Richard Fuchs.[5]

Fuchs debuted for the German national football team at the age of 18.[3]

He played for Düsseldorfer SC 1899 (1904–06, 1914–20), and Karlsruher FV (1906–14) -- winning the German national title in 1910, beating Holstein Kiel 1-0.[3][1] In 1912, they lost the final against Holstein Kiel, 1-0.[1] Between 1911 and 1913 he was considered the best centre in the world.[1] During this time period he earned six caps, and scored 14 goals.[1] Fuchs was part of the legendary attacking trio of Karlsruher FV with Fritz Förderer and Julius Hirsch (who was killed in Auschwitz).[3][4]

He was the first German player to score four goals in a single match.[3][2]

He is remembered for scoring a world record 10 goals for Germany in a 16–0 win against Russia at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm on 1 July, becoming the top scorer of the tournament; his international record was not surpassed until 2001 when Australia's Archie Thompson scored 13 goals in a 31-0 defeat of American Samoa.[2][4][6][3] This performance of 10 goals in one international match tied a record set by Sophus Nielsen at the 1908 Summer Olympics, which remained on the books until 2001. The German Football Association erased all references to him from their records between 1933 and 1945.[1][7][8] As of 2016, he was still the top German scorer for one match.[1]

He served in the German Army in World War I as an artillery officer, and was awarded the Iron Cross.[4][9]

In 1928, he and his family moved to Berlin.[9] He was a member of the local tennis club Nikolassee e. V., but it barred him from membership in 1935.[9]

When, years after the Holocaust in 1972, German former player and national team coach Sepp Herberger asked the German Football Association vice president Hermann Neuberger to invite Fuchs as a guest or a guest of honour to an international against Russia on the 60th anniversary of Fuchs' performance for the German team, the DFB Executive Committee declined to do so, writing that it was not willing to invite Fuchs because it would have created an unfortunate precedent (as was pointed out, given that Fuchs was the last remaining former Jewish German international, the DFB’s concern about creating a precedent was a difficult one to understand).[8][9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Gottfried Fuchs Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at
  2. ^ a b c d "War, Auschwitz, and the Tragic Tale of Germany's Jewish Soccer Hero". 13 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Simpson, Kevin E. (22 September 2016). "Soccer under the Swastika: Stories of Survival and Resistance during the Holocaust". Rowman & Littlefield – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b c d Cox, Nigel (1 April 2008). "Phone Home Berlin: Collected Non-Fiction". Victoria University Press – via Google Books.
  5. ^ ORT, World. "Music and the Holocaust: Fuchs, Richard".
  6. ^ Reyes, Macario (26 June 2008). "V. Olympiad Stockholm 1912 Football Tournament". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  7. ^ Clavane, Anthony (27 September 2012). "Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here?: The Story of English Football's Forgotten Tribe". Quercus Publishing – via Google Books.
  8. ^ a b "Snapshot – Sepp Herberger tries to invite Gottfried Fuchs -". 4 September 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d "Jüdische Sportstars: Gottfried Fuchs".

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