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Publisher Bertelsmann to investigate magazine founder’s Nazi ties


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The publisher of the German weekly current-affairs magazine Stern has commissioned historians to conduct an independent review into the publication and its late founder, who allegedly had ties to Nazi Germany during World War II.

Bertelsmann announced on Monday that it has hired experts from the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History in Munich to examine “the history” of Stern magazine, as well as Henri Nannen and his role during Germany’s Nazi era.

Nannen, who died in 1996, was Stern’s founder, longtime publisher and editor-in-chief.

The independent review was launched by Bertelsmann’s executive board in cooperation with related parties, including the editors-in-chief of Stern and the Henri Nannen School of Journalism. The research period will cover the years starting from Nannen’s founding of Stern in 1948 until his retirement in 1983. “It will focus on the question of political, personal and content-related entanglements and connections to the National Socialist era,” said Bertelsmann in a statement.

The project is expected to take several years.  (more...)

Publisher Bertelsmann to investigate magazine founder’s Nazi ties

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