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Nachlass Pfarrer Paul Vogt (1900-1984)

Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 2017.86.1 | RG Number: RG-58.040

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    Private papers of Paul Vogt (1900-1984), Swiss pastor and a refugee aid worker. Consists of manuscripts, press articles, honors, diaries, obituaries, notes by Sophie Vogt-Brenner and Annemarie Vogt, photographs, interviews and publications. Records relate to Paul Vogt's commitment and leadership for charity and assistance to refugees, his work towards understanding between Christian and Jews, and his support for the existence of the State of Israel.
    Alternate Title
    Pastor Paul Vogt papers
    inclusive:  1882-2000
    Collection Creator
    Paul Vogt
    Paul Vogt (1900-1984) was an evangelical pastor in Switzerland. Paul Vogt was the son of a parishioner who had emigrated from Silesia. After completing his high school diploma in 1922, he studied theology in Basel, Zurich and Tübingen from 1922 to 1926, at the Protestant school in Schiers. He completed his vicarage in the church Neumünster in Zurich. Afterwards, he worked as a parish priest in Ellikon an der Thur (where he married Sophie Brenner in 1927), and from 1929, in the Appenzellischen Walzenhausen. Already during this time Vogt committed himself to social institutions: he founded the charity for the unemployed in the canton of Appenzell and in 1933, built the evangelical social and homeless place Sonnenblick in Walzenhausen. In 1936, Vogt was appointed to Zurich-Seebach. In the same year, he took over the leadership of the Swiss Protestant Aid for the Confessing Church in Germany (SEHBKD) and was co-founder of the Swiss Center for Refugee Relief (SZF). He developed a strong commitment to refugees. Vogt, from 1943 to 1947, took over the refugee office, which had been established by the Swiss Evangelical Church Federation, the Protestant-Reformed Landeskirche of the canton of Zurich and the Swiss Ecclesiastical Auxiliary Committee for Evangelical Refugees. After the war, Vogt fought for an understanding between Christians and Jews. He was the initiator of the Working Group of Christians and Jews, founded in 1945; a member of the Society of Switzerland-Israel; and spoke out for the existence of the State of Israel. From 1947, Vogt was pastor in Grabs. In 1951, he was appointed Dean of the Pfarrkapiteln Rheintal-Werdenberg-Sargans; in 1952 to 1957, he was president of the Protestant school Schiers-Samedan. Vogt served his last parish in Degersheim from 1959 to 1965. After his retirement, Paul Vogt lived in Grüsch in the Prättigau, until he moved to the retirement home in Zizers in 1982 after his wife's death.

    Physical Details

    20,685 digital images : PDF ; 4.78 GB .
    2 sound recordings : MP3.
    System of Arrangement
    Arranged in six series: 1. Biographical records; 2. Activities of Paul Vogt (assistance to refugees, working with relif organizations); 3. Photographs (refugees, employees, family photos); 4. Sound files (Interview conducted Klaus Urner in Grüsch, Vogt speaches and special writings); 5. Publications; 6. Press release, and press articles by Paul Vogt.
    Note: Some parts of publications are not digitized: File 40, 41, 57, 68, 72, 76, 108, 143.

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    This material can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing stations. Users are required to complete a User Declaration in order to gain access to the collection.
    Conditions on Use
    No publication and copies of the records and finding aids to the 3rd party users without the written permission from the Archiv für Zeitgeschichte (AfZ). The Museum may not transfer the materials or duplicate records thereof or any of the finding aids to any third party, except as permitted in the Cooperation Contract, Article II paragraph 5 herein or as otherwise permitted in writing by the AfZ. The Museum may not publish the reproduction material or finding aid on the Internet, World Wide Web, or any publicly accessible on-line network without the written permission of the AfZ. Contact

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    Administrative Notes

    Source of acquisition is the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. Archiv für Zeitgeschichte (AfZ), Switzerland; Archival signature: NL Paul Vogt. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s International Archives Project in March 2017.
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