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Memorable Manitobans: Emerich Klaus Francis (1906-1994)

Sociologist, professor.

Born in Austria in 1906, he fled to England in 1939 where he was interned as an “enemy alien” in 1940 then sent to Manitoba as a farm labourer. His status was revoked in 1942 which allowed him to find work as a typesetter in Winnipeg. He quickly learned English and studied sociology in his free time. By the end of the Second World War, he was lecturing in Sociology at the University of Manitoba and German at United College. In 1946, he was engaged in a research project on the social history of the Mennonites in Manitoba, under a fellowship provided by the Manitoba Historical Society. From 1947 to 1958, he taught at the University of Notre Dame then he moved to Germany where he was a Professor at the University of Munich until retirement. He died in Germany in 1994.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

The Origins of Mennonite Institutions in Early Manitoba
MHS Transactions, Series 3, 1945-1946 Season


Historical Atlas of the East Reserve edited by Ernest N. Braun and Glen R. Klassen, Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 2015, page 66.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 November 2020

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