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Arnold Fuchs was born in Breslau in 1928, where he went to school. His father was Jewish, his mother was not. After his uncle was sent to Sachsenhausen in the wake of Kristallnacht, his family took passage on the “Conte Rosso” to Shanghai in April 1939. Soon after arrival, his parents divorced, and he moved with his mother into a Catholic compound. He attended St. Francis Xavier School. He later worked as an apprentice to a dental technician, and after the war for the UNRRA.

Fuchs and his mother sailed as part of a transport of 106 refugees from Tientsin to San Francisco, then across the U.S. in a sealed train, and sailed further to Bremen in 1950. They were able to come back to the U.S. in 1951. He became a practicing psychologist in Maine.