Fritz Eichenberg

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Fritz Eichenberg  (October 24, 1901 – November 30, 1990)
born in Cologne, Germany to a non-religious Jewish family, had his anti-war beliefs informed by his experiences growing up, however he joined the Religious Society of Friends in 1940, after the sudden death of his wife.

He was an artist, particularly wood engraving, and had his work used prominently in The Catholic Worker throughout his life and beyond.

For Fritz Eichenberg, art was completely intertwined with spirituality and conscience. He reflected on his life as an artist and activist in Pendle Hill pamphlet Artist on the Witness Stand:

“To remain sensitive to the human problems surrounding us we will have to descend from our Ivory Towers into the street, perhaps onto the barricades and into a brush with the law. If you are not afflicted with a social conscience this may not be your idea of an artist’s life.

But if you are born with certain convictions, your path,
no matter how thorny, is laid out for you and you have to follow,
even if your tender feet object.”