Sunday, October 11, 2020

Heinrich Vogeler

Heinrich Vogeler (1872 –1942) was a German painter, designer, and architect, associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting.

He volunteered for military service in World War I in 1914, and he was sent to the eastern front in 1915. Vogeler came to know of the Bolsheviks ideology during his time at the front as well as through his trips to Poland, Romania, Dobrudscha and Russia. After he made a written appeal for peace to the German Emperor, he was briefly sent to a mental hospital in Bremen before being discharged from military service.

After the war he became a pacifist. In 1931 Vogeler and his second wife Zofia "Sonja" Marchlewska emigrated to Russia. After the German invasion of the Soviet Union he along with other German citizens was deported in 1941 to Kazakhstan by the Soviet authorities and died there in 1942.

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