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Father Moritz Fuchs served in the U.S. Army in Germany during and after World War II. At age 20, Fuchs served as a bodyguard for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson during the Nuremberg Trials.
Fuchs was the only bodyguard assigned to Jackson and for 18 months, it was his job to protect him 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fuchs attended Fulton High School in Oswego County, N.Y He graduated from high school in 1942 and in 1943 was drafted into the U.S. Army. Fuchs completed his training at Fort Benning, Lousiana and served in the First Infantry Division, 26th Regiment and 3rd Battalion during World War II in Europe.
He was assigned the duty as Jackson’s bodyguard in the summer of 1945. Fuchs described his assignment as one “to protect from any initiative taken against Jackson.” Fuchs remained Jackson’s bodyguard for the duration of the trials from 1945 through 1949.
Fuchs, who can draw hundreds to hear him speak on college campuses and special events, remembered that the trial was boring to a layman. He recalled that Jackson’s opening remarks were eight hours long.
Fuch’s said there were no threats made to Jackson during the four-year trial.
Fuch’s has been featured in several documentaries and was depicted in a television mini-series titled “Nuremberg.”
Fuch’s and Jackoson kept in contact over the years and Fuch’s said he last saw Jackson in 1953, one year prior to Jackson’s death.
Jackson gave Fuch’s a copy of the the 42-volume trial transcript, which Fuch’s donated to Syracuse University.
Fuch’s has made visits to the Robert H. Jackson Center and has delivered speech’s recounting his Word War II experience. His stories have become a part of the Jackson Center archives. Fuch’s is often described as a person who knew Jackson better than anyone during the trial years.
Shortly after his honorable discharge from the Army in 1947, Fuchs became a Catholic priest and served the church for over 30 years. He retired in 2001 as the pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Hannibal, N.Y. Fuch’s continues to reside in Fulton, N.Y.