Nikolas Vogel

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Nikolas Vogel
Nikolas Vogel

March 9, 1967
Vienna, Austria
DiedJune 28, 1991(1991-06-28) (aged 24)
Jože Pučnik Airport, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Cause of deathMissile strike, Yugoslav Federal Army
Resting placeAustria
Other namesNik
OccupationActor and news camera operator
Years active10 years
Known forActing
Notable work
The Inheritors (1984)
Home townVienna, Austria
Parent(s)Peter Vogel and Gertraud Jesserer
RelativesMichael Vogel (brother), Rudolf Vogel (grandfather)

Nikolas Vogel (March 9, 1967 – June 28, 1991) was an Austrian-German film actor and news camera operator. Nikolas Vogel belonged to a family of famous actors and he also became an actor. Vogel left the acting profession to report the news and worked for a short time as journalist before he was killed in the Ten-Day War as Yugoslavia was dividing in the aftermath of Marshall Josip Broz Tito's death. Vogel was killed in a bomb incident along with his German colleague Norbert Werner.[1]


Nikolas Vogel was born 9 March 1967 in Vienna, Austria. He was born into an acting family. His mother, Gertraud Jesserer, was a well known Austrian theater, cinema and television actress. She appeared in theater performances at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Burgtheater in Vienna, and the Munich Kammerspiele among others. She had a starring role and appeared in the Austrian, German-language TV show Familie Leitner.[2][3]

His father Peter Vogel was a well known German actor, whose career included a role in the 1978 US TV Miniseries Holocaust.[4] His grandfather was Rudolf Vogel and also a famous and successful actor. His grandfather was acting at the Landesbühne in Munich, Staatstheater and the Munich Kammerspiele. He did several film productions as well. Nikolas had a younger brother Michael.[4][5]

Film career[edit]

Nikolas Vogel acted in movies and TV shows before becoming a journalist.[6][7] Acting in teenage roles, Vogel had a starring role in The Inheritors (1984). His character, Thomas Feigl, is a young boy who joins a neo-Nazi group.[8]

  • Requim for Dominic (1991)[9]
  • Eurocops (TV series, 1989 episode)[10]
  • O zivej vode (TV movie, 1988)[11]
  • Bibos Maenner (1986)[12]
  • Herzklopfen (1985)[13]
  • The Inheritors (1983) [8][14]
  • Was Kostet Der Sieg? (1981)[15]

Journalism career[edit]

Aerial shot taken of the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport.


Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Nikolas Vogel was working as a freelance photojournalist when he was killed along with colleague Norbert Werner on 28 June 1991 at the Ljubljana Airport, Slovenia. They were both killed by missile that struck their car during a Yugoslav Federal Army attack on the airport during Ten-Day War after Slovenia declared its independence.[16][17][18][19][20]


Slovenia celebrated its entry into Schengen Treaty with other European countries at the site where Vogel and Werner were killed. The two journalists were acknowledged at the celebration.[19][21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Media: Journalists who die in action". The Guardian (UK). October 14, 1991.
  2. ^ "Gertraud Jesserer feiert 65. Geburtstag". Wien December 13, 2008. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  3. ^ Schinner, I. "Jesserer, Gertraud". Austria Forum. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  4. ^ a b Prager, Tessa (September 22, 1978). "Vor seinem Tod: Peter Vogel floh aus Krankenhaus". Arbeiter Zeitung. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  5. ^ "About our restaurant". Restaurant Fromme Helene. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  6. ^ "Nikolas Vogel (1967–1991)". Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  7. ^ "Nikolas Vogel, Filmography". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  8. ^ a b Canby, Vincent (1985-01-11). "'The Inheritors'". Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  9. ^ "Requiem for Dominic (1991)". Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  10. ^ "Stolpersteine". August 18, 1989. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  11. ^ "O zivej vode (1988)". Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  12. ^ "Bibos Männer (1986)". Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  13. ^ "Herzklopfen (1985)". Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  14. ^ "The Inheritors (1983)". Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  15. ^ "Was kostet der Sieg? (1981)". Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  16. ^ John, Simpson (August 15, 1995). "A joke, a shot, a pool of blood; To date, 75 journalists have died in the war in the former Yugoslavia". The Independent (UK).
  17. ^ "Yugoslav Planes Bomb Key Airports in Slovenia - Los Angeles Times". 1991-06-30. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  18. ^ The People, Press, and Politics of Croatia - Stjepan Malović, Gary W. Selnow - Google Books. 2001. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  19. ^ a b "Prime Minister Janez Janša proclaims the single Schengen area one of the foundations of freedom, cooperation and progress in the European Union". 2008-03-31. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  20. ^ "Zeitgeschehen: Kriegsreporter: Die Zeugen Des Grauens - Leben - Focus Online - Nachrichten" (in German). 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  21. ^ "Address by the Slovenian Prime Minister and the President of the European Council Janez Janša on the occasion of the abolition of internal air border controls and the definitive entry of the Republic of Slovenia into the Schengen area". Retrieved 2014-02-07.


  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, UK: Michael Russell, 1996, pg. 367.

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