Presented here with a new introduction by Ulrich Lehner, the fables were first printed in English in 1966. Translated by Bernard M. Knab, the son of their author, they provide American readers with a grimly humorous, thought-provoking, and unique account of Hitler's assault upon the German consciousness and upon the Christian philosophy of life. Bernard Knab has also written a biographical account of his father and has made a critical examination of the fables that will be of interest to students of literature and history alike. Each fable has been appropriately illustrated by James Brunsman.
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About the Author
Ulrich L. Lehner is Professor of Historical Theology and Religious History at Marquette University. He is the author or editor of more than two dozen books on early modern religion, including Catholic Enlightenment (2016), and the main organizer of The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology (2016).
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“Ulrich Lehner’s seemingly tireless labors bring to light lesser known historical sources that contribute to our understanding of modern Catholicism, its failures and triumphs. We are in his debt for directing us to Knab’s Fox-Fables a source of resistance to Nazi totalitarianism by Catholic exiles. Knab’s work deserves attention not only for its historical interest, but also because of the need in every generation for resources that illumine the origins of authoritarianism and creative ways to resist it. This work brings before us a marvelous tale in more than one sense.” – D. Stephen Long
“Fox Fables is a timely reminder of the power of the powerless, the moral seriousness of unveiling humor, and the unceasing need for the courage to be a good man in a bad city. Perhaps above all, it is a reminder that our moral compass must take its direction from a source beyond any earthly city, even if all the foxes in the kingdom demand otherwise.” – Patrick Deneen