| Ernst Kux |
(academic, spook, journalist)
|Born||29 November, 1925|
|Died||25 August, 2017 (Age 91)|
|Alma mater||University of Marburg, University of Tübingen, University of Zurich|
|Member of||Le Cercle|
Dr. Ernst Kux was termed "a leading Swiss Sovietologist" by Executive Intelligence Review.
He worked as a journalist and Russia and China expert for the "Neue Zürcher Zeitung", while being a Professor at the University of St. Gallen and the University of Zurich.
Kux was named in 1988 as a member of Le Cercle and the European branch of the "Committee for the Free World headed by Prince Nicholas von Lobkowicz." Kux anticipated the ultimate break-up of communism.
Ernst Kux was born on November 29, 1925 in Müglitz in Northern Moravia (then Czechoslovakia). In 1943 he studied Slavic studies and Eastern European history at the University of Prague, before doing service in the German Wehrmacht.
In 1945 he was expelled with 3 million other ethnic Germans from Czechoslovakia. 1946–1947 he studied Slavic studies and Russian history at the University of Marburg with Dimitrij Tschischewskij and Georg von Rauch. 1948 – 1949 he studied philosophy with Eduard Spranger and political science with Theodor Eschenburg at the University of Tübingen. 1949 – 1954 Studied political philosophy with Hans Barth, economic history with Max Silberschmidt and sociology with René König at the University of Zurich. In 1954 he did his doctorate at the University of Zurich with Hans Barth with the thesis "Karl Marx - The Revolutionary Confession".
1955 – 1956 he worked as scientific assistant at the Institute for Social Research with Frederick Pollack and Theodor W. Adorno at the University of Frankfurt am Main. In 1956 he did a collaboration on a UNESCO sociological dictionary and continuation of Marx research in the Archive for Social History in Amsterdam. 1956–1958 he was member of the Marxism Commission. 1956–1962 he was board member of the Swiss Society for Sociology
In 1957 he became a permanent editorial employee at the Neue Zürcher Zeitung; from 1965 foreign editor and specialist on communist issues, special correspondent in China, Vietnam and Eastern Europe.
In 1960 he got a Lectureship at the University of St. Gallen, and in 1961 on the history and organization of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union at the East European Institute at the University of Freiburg. In 1969 he got an appointment as private lecturer at the University of St. Gallen; from 1976 as honorary professor of the theory and practice of communism. He also had a Lectureship at the University of Zurich.
He retired in 1991. He died on 25 August, 2017, age 91.