Paul Haupt (publisher)

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Paul Haupt (born November 13, 1889 in Oftringen , † August 20, 1978 in Bern ; resident in Regensberg ) was a Swiss publisher and politician ( FDP ).


Haupt began in Bern in 1906 as an errand boy in the "Academic Bookstore for Medicine and Science" founded by Max Drechsel, where he became an apprentice and later an employee. After an apprenticeship in bookselling and during his studies at the University of Bern , he took over the bookstore after Drechsel's death in 1918 and got into the publishing business. His acquaintance with Albert Schweitzer meant that he was able to publish his books. With the leisure books for young people and the Berner Heimatbücher, the Paul Haupt publishing house became “a household name in the field of Bernensia and popular folklore”. His son Max Haupt expanded the company after 1945, which is now managed by grandson Matthias Haupt and a team.


From 1942 to 1958 Paul Haupt was a member of the FDP on the Bern City Council (city parliament) and from 1946 to 1958 on the Grand Council of the Canton of Bern . Paul Haupt was made an honorary citizen of his home community in 1959 and an honorary senator of the University of Bern in 1969.


  • Haupt, Paul. In: Willy Keller (editor): Swiss Biographical Archive . Volume 1. Zurich / Lugano / Vaduz, 1952. p. 70; Photo p. 197.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Charles Linsmayer : Books that are needed: 100 years ago, the Haupt publishing house, which is closely linked to the University of Bern, was founded. In: The Bund . September 30, 2006.
  2. Company profile , Haupt Verlag AG website, accessed on February 6, 2016.
  3. Andrea Weibel: Haupt, Paul. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland .