Gary Fouse - Erlangen

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My name is Gary Fouse, and I am an adjunct teacher at the Univ. of Calif. at Irvine.
My latest book: Erlangen - An American's History of a German Town.
The book not only describes the history of the city itself, but also gives a history of the US Army in Erlangen 1945-1994 as well as my own expereinces as an MP in Erlangen 1966-1968. There is also a short chapter on the history of the various GI bars in the city. I am sure this book would be of interest to any ex-GI who was stationed in the area.

Ordering information is as follows:
University Press of America (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing) customer service 1-800-462-6420
Price: $55.00 plus $ 4.00 shipping (For those of you in Germany, shipping is $7.50.)
ISBN# 0-7618-3024-3, 396 pages
Please let me know once you have placed an order so that I can keep track of the number. You can email me at Gary Fouse

This is to announce the publication of my new book:
Erlangen - An American’s History of a German Town.

This book is a history of Erlangen, a university town near Nuremberg where I spent three years in the 1960s as a US Army military policeman. It is the culmination of over four years of research into the city’s history from its beginning in 1002 to the present time. It is also a result of a recent research trip to Erlangen in which I visited the city archives, Jewish community center and university library as well as interview local historians, professors, a former mayor and others.
Below is a description of the chapters:

1- Origins- 1002-1648.
This chapter describes the earliest settlement of Erlangen in 1002 and its growth under King Charles (king of Bohemia and emperor of the Holy Roman Empire), its activities during the Reformation when it became a Lutheran town, acquisition by the House of Hohenzollern, and destruction during the Thirty-Years War.

2 Erlangen Under the House of Hohenzollern to Bavarian Rule- 1648-1810
This chapter describes the various Margraves (Princes) of Brandenburg-Bayreuth-Ansbach) who ruled over Erlangen. During this reign, Erlangen served as a secondary residence for the princes. Most notable was Christian Ernst, who supervised the building of the margravial palace and invited French Huguenot refugees from France to settle in Erlangen in 1686, a pivotal point in the city’s history. Also described is the attempt by Crown Prince Frederick (later Frederick the Great) to escape from Germany, in which Erlangen played a role and almost cost Frederick his life. Frederick’s sister, Wilhelmina, margravine of Bayreuth, who was instrumental in founding the university in 1743 is also described. The history of the city is also recounted during the Seven Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, occupation by the French and acquisition by the kingdom of Bavaria in 1810

3 Famous Figures at the Erlangen University in the 18-19th centuries
This chapter lists many of Germany’s notable figures who either studied or taught at Erlangen. A brief summary is given for such figures as the philosophers Schelling, Fichte, as well as leading Lutheran theologians who led the so-called Erlangen School of Theology of the 19th century.

4 Erlangen Under Bavaria 1810-1900
This is an account of Erlangen under the Bavarian kings including the Austro-Prussian War and the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71). Also described is the rise of the student university fraternities and their role in political activism, especially during the revolutionary period in Europe in 1848. Also notable in this chapter is an account of the small Jewish community in Erlangen and the rise of the beer industry, which achieved prominence during the 19th century. (These two themes run throughout the book.) The chapter also describes Erlangen’s beginnings as a military garrison town and the building of three casernes.

5 World War I, Post-War Revolution and Weimar Republic
The chapter describes the city and its military garrison during WW1, the turmoil of the post-war years, the activities of Erlangen’s students in the Freikorps movement as well as the Weimar republic. Also described is the beginning of the Nazi Party in Erlangen.

6 National Socialism
This chapter begins with the rise of the Nazis, especially as a force in the university (which was the first German university where Nazis achieved a majority in the student body). Also described are Hitler’s five appearances speaking in Erlangen, (1923-1931) as well as accounts of other Nazi leaders in the city etc. Other events, such as the book-burnings in 1933, Night of the Broken Glass (1938), Christian religious suppression, resistance to Nazi rule, medical abuses within the university clinics, as well as Anti-Jewish measures culminating in the deportations and killings of Erlangen’s Jews during WW2 are also described. In what is otherwise a dark chapter in Erlangen’s history, I also take note of those in the city who resisted the Nazis, even after Hitler took power. Finally, the chapter describes the city during WW 2 and the final surrender to the Americans, a dramatic story in itself, in which the city narrowly escaped destruction.

7 Post-War Era
This chapter describes the years of American occupation, denazification measures, the rise of Siemens in Erlangen and restoration of the university. The chapter also begins to describe the American presence in the city, fraternization, German-American relations etc.

8 My Erlangen 1966-1968
is a personal account of my own experiences in Erlangen as a US Army MP. I use my own experiences to draw a picture of German-American relations, social life, GI relations with German women, and relations between black and white GIs during the turbulent 1960s. Some of these accounts, many of which are anecdotal, give a picture to Erlangen’s German residents of American life within the caserne as well as outside.

9 Erlangen faces the future and confronts its past
This chapter brings the history of Erlangen up to the present-day as the city becomes a center of ecology and medical research. As the city grows to over 100,000 residents, it is also periodically forced to face the Nazi past as efforts are made to reach out to surviving Jews who had managed to leave Erlangen and Germany before they were caught up in the Holocaust. In the 1990s, the city also welcomed a new Jewish community from the former USSR. Also in the 1990s, the American base closed and the GI presence was terminated.

10 (addendum) Erlangen’s GI Bars
is a brief history of Erlangen’s GI bars, many of which trace their beginnings back to the 17th century.

As alluded to above, many of the chapters include a chronological account of the Jewish community of Erlangen, the university, as well as Erlangen’s beer industry, which in the 19th century exported more beer than any other city in Bavaria, including Munich. The book also includes historical accounts of Erlangen’s famous neighbor, Nuremberg, including the events of the Third Reich and how they impacted Erlangen itself. There are also brief historical references to other nearby towns including Bayreuth, Fürth, Bamberg and Grafenwöhr.
Note: Don’t overlook the footnotes- there are several interesting tidbits there as well.

This book is being published by University Press of America (UPA) in Lanham, Maryland, a well-known academic publisher, which also published my first two books. The manuscript has already been submitted and approved. However, before printing can begin, the author (me) has to arrange for 75 pre-publication orders. Therefore, I am reaching out to you to help push this project over the top.

The initial publication will be in paperback and consists of 396 pages. Yes, there are photos, but not as many as I would have liked since there was a $20.00 per picture cost to me for the cost of including them. The photos are a mix of historical and current photos. The historical photos were provided by the Erlangen City Archives. I should also note that the book will not be sold in book stores since UPA markets principally to university libraries. I wish that I could present each of you with a free copy of the book, especially those who provided me with their own recollections of experiences in Erlangen. Unfortunately, the publisher does not provide me with any free copies, and I would go broke sending copies to everyone who deserves one. Royalties do not even begin until 500 copies have been sold. Such is the world of academic publishing. I hope you will all understand.

Finally, I have to admit that the cost is rather high, which I have no control over. Previously, pre-publication orders came at a sizable discount, but that is no longer the case at UPA, which I unfortunately just learned.