Richard Voigt (politician)

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Richard Voigt (born June 7, 1895 in Braunschweig , † March 10, 1970 in Hanover ) was a German politician ( SPD ).

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After attending primary school, Voigt attended the teachers' seminar in Braunschweig from 1910 to 1915. He took part in the First World War as a soldier , was seriously wounded and worked as a teacher in Braunschweig from 1916. From 1923 to 1925 he worked as an educator at the large orphanage in Braunschweig. In 1928 he became a school councilor in Helmstedt , but in 1931 he was dismissed from office by the Braunschweig government , in which the NSDAP was involved. During the time of National Socialism he was not allowed to do school work and therefore worked as a sales representative and insurance salesman until he was taken to a concentration camp in 1944 . After the end of the war he continued these activities until 1954.

Voigt had joined the SPD during the Weimar Republic , had been a councilor for the city of Braunschweig since 1925 and, until 1933, until the forced resignation after the National Socialist takeover, was a brief member of the Braunschweig parliament .

After the Second World War he participated in the reconstruction of the SPD. In 1945 he became district administrator and later senior district director in the Helmstedt district . From 1951 to 1967 he was a member of the Lower Saxony state parliament . On December 10, 1948, he was appointed to the state government led by Prime Minister Hinrich Wilhelm Kopf as Lower Saxony's Minister of Culture . On May 26, 1955, he left office after the formation of a coalition of the bourgeois parties. After the state elections on May 12, 1959, Voigt was reappointed minister of education and in this function had significant influence on the form and content of the concordat between the state government of Lower Saxony and the Vatican . On June 12, 1963, he resigned from the office of Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs and was replaced in this position by the FDP politician Hans Mühlenfeld .

His son, the painter and graphic artist Peter Voigt , was the first rector of the Braunschweig University of Art .

Individual evidence

  1. Richard Voigt in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)

See also


  • Horst-Rüdiger Jarck, Günter Scheel (Ed.): Braunschweigisches Biographisches Lexikon. 19th and 20th centuries , Hannover 1996, p. 632f.
  • Munzinger : International Biographical Archive 14/1970 of March 23, 1970