Paul Schmidt biography and facts

Translator from Germany

Paul Schmidt Paul-Otto Schmidt (23 June 1899 - 21 April 1970) was a translator in the German foreign ministry from 1923-1945. During his career he served as the translator for Neville Chamberlain's negotiations with Adolf Hitler over the Munich Agreement, the British Declaration of War and the surrender of France. In 1917/18 Schmidt was a soldier in the First World War and was wounded on the Western Front. Afterward he studied modern languages in Berlin and worked at the same time for an American newspaper agency. In 1921 he took courses in the Foreign Office for the training of conference interpreters. Schmidt distinguished himself there by virtue of his outstanding memory. In July 1923, Schmidt, still preparing for examinations, accepted his first assignment for the translating and interpreting service of the Foreign Office at the Permanent Court of International Justice in the Hague. He married in 1925 and had a son in 1926. After more language study in Berlin Schmidt worked briefly in the Reich Foreign Language Office. Starting in 1924 he worked as an interpreter in the Foreign Office. Schmidt interpreted during the Locarno Treaty meetings (1925) and participated in many other important  ( Wikipedia )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1899-06-23
Place of birth
Berlin
Nationality
Germany

Employment

Company Job title From To
United States Fish and Wildlife Service Assistant Director

Political career

Party From To
Nazi Party

Death

Date of death
1970-04-21
Place of death
Munich

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