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Bertelsmann to Control World’s Largest Book Publisher

Serpent's Walk: Forecasts a Nazi takeover of U.S. in mid-twenty-first century, after SS takes over American media.

COMMENT: In our previous post, we asked who would dare to report the facts, if the German elderly now being “shipped to the East” to lessen the expense of medical care were actually being killed? (As time passes and the expense of care increases, the pressure to find a “solution” to the gerontology problem in Germany and elsewhere will increase.)

Certainly, the inclination toward candor in among the world’s literati declined with the creation of the world’s largest publisher.

The former supplier of books for the SS is wielding larger influence. Bertelsmann will dominate the new Random House/Penguin merged unit, which will control 25% of the world’s publishing business.

Formerly headed by “former” SS man Heinrich Mohn, Bertelsmann shows every indication of maintaining its Nazi character and obscuring them at the same time. Its official house historian published books blaming World War II on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, U.S. imperialism and Jewish control of the U.S. news media.

With Bertelsmann continuing its efforts in the music business and other Underground Reich media entities like Al Jazeera gaining in the American media market, we expect the scenario presented in Serpent’s Walk to come to pass.

“Random House and Penguin Merger Creates Global Giant” by Eric Pfanner and Amy Chozick; The New York Times; 10/29/2012.

EXCERPT: The book publishing industry is starting to get smaller in order to get stronger.

The announcement on Monday that Random House and Penguin would merge narrows the business to a handful of big publishers, and could set off a long-expected round of consolidation as the industry adapts to the digital marketplace.

John Makinson, the chief executive of Penguin who will serve as chairman of the new company, said that with consolidation inevitable, “we decided it was better to get in early rather than be a follower.”

In announcing the agreement, the European owners of Random House and Penguin — Bertelsmann and Pearson, respectively — said Bertelsmann would control 53 percent of the combined entity and Pearson 47 percent. In a statement, Bertelsmann said the deal would most likely conclude in the second half of 2013, after approval from regulators.

The merger will create the largest consumer book publisher in the world, with a global market share of more than 25 percent and a book list that includes contemporary best-sellers like Random House’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” and Penguin’s backlist of classics from authors like George Orwell. . . .

“Bertelsmann’s Revi­sion­ist” by Her­sch Fis­chler and John Fried­man; The Nation; 11/8/99. 

EXCERPT: . . . Rewrit­ing his­tory, he [Bertelsmann house historian Dirk Bavendamm] stated that Roo­sevelt, not Hitler had caused World War II. He also wrote that Amer­i­can Jews con­trolled most of the media,’ and he claimed they gave a false pic­ture of Hitler. Did the book impress [Heinrich’s son Rein­hard] Mohn, then the major­ity share­holder of Ber­tels­mann? The firm hired Baven­damm as its house his­to­rian, and in 1984 he com­pleted a his­tor­i­cal study, 150 Years of Ber­tels­mann: The Founders and Their Time—with a fore­word by Mohn.

A year later, Baven­damm edited the firm’s offi­cial his­tory, which set forth the untrue story that the firm had resisted the Nazis and had been closed down by them. Mohn also asked Baven­damm to write the autho­rized his­tory of the Mohn fam­ily, pub­lished in 1986 under the title Ber­tels­mann, Mohn, Scip­pel: Three Families—One Com­pany. In a sec­ond book, Roosevelt’s War (pub­lished in 1993, reis­sued in 1998), Baven­damm accuses the U.S. Pres­i­dent of enact­ing a plan to start World War II. In the same book he sug­gests that Hitler’s threats in early 1939 against Euro­pean Jewry were a reac­tion to Roosevelt’s strat­egy against Ger­many.

After the rev­e­la­tions about Bertelsmann’s Nazi past appeared, the com­pany announced that it had asked ‘the his­to­rian and pub­li­cist Dr. Dirk Baven­damm to look at the new infor­ma­tion and begin to rein­ves­ti­gate the role the pub­lish­ing house played in those days’ and defended his work. . .



11 comments for “Bertelsmann to Control World’s Largest Book Publisher”

  1. This German media cartel needs to be broken up if people, particularly in Europe, are ever going to wake up to German hegemonic ambition.

    Bertelsmann even have editorial control of some of the most successful British TV production companies, inserting all the propaganda they want into British prime time fictional TV shows.

    Remove Bertelsmann and Siemens, remove an awful lot of German power.

    Posted by GW | January 11, 2013, 4:14 am
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  4. Iran Spying in Vienna says JPost: BERLIN – The Austrian capital is a main European hub for Tehran’s spy network, the US-based Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress concluded in December in a comprehensive report on Iranian intelligence activities.

    The report was conducted with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office’s Irregular Warfare Support Program and unleashed a flurry of reports in the Austrian media last week.

    According to the US study, “Vienna… is allegedly full of MOIS [Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security] agents. It is because of the continuous good relationship between Iran and Austria since the Revolution – after the US hostage crisis – which resulted in condemnation of the Islamic Republic by many countries and secluded Iran in many ways. Austria was one of the few countries that was not concerned.”

    “It appears that Iran takes advantage of this relationship by deploying its intelligence officers in Austria. It has been reported that MOIS agents identify anti–Islamic Republic political activists and threaten to silence them,” the report said.

    The MOIS is responsible for suppressing dissent in the Islamic Republic among opposition groups and among the large diaspora Iranian community, according to Iranian dissidents and experts. Iranian reform groups consider the MOIS a ruthless apparatus of Iran’s government.

    In response to a query from The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, Karl-Heinz Grundböck, a spokesman for Austria’s Interior Ministry, wrote via email that the domestic intelligence agency Verfassungsschutz cannot issue a comment beyond the information contained in the agency’s report, and referred the Post to the agency’s intelligence analysis.

    Posted by kando | January 14, 2013, 5:54 am
  5. Christoph Mohn’s father was Reinhard Mohn http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bertelsmann-names-christoph-mohn-chairman-366816

    The below press announcement is from Bertellsmann
    Gütersloh, 01/02/2013

    Christoph Mohn chairs the Bertelsmann Supervisory Board from January 1

    Gunter Thielen’s successor takes office
    Sixth generation of the Bertelsmann and Mohn families

    Christoph Mohn (47) has been the new Chairman of the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA Supervisory Board since January 1, 2013. He succeeded Gunter Thielen (70), who resigned from the Supervisory Board after five years as its Chairman on the reaching retirement age. The controlling board chose its new Chairman in August of last year. At the same time the Bertelsmann Management SE Supervisory Board (the general partner of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA) also appointed Christoph Mohn as its future Chairman with effect from the turn of the year.

    Says Mohn: “I look forward to the new challenge and the growing responsibility associated with it, which I am privileged to undertake for Bertelsmann as a representative of the sixth generation of the Bertelsmann and Mohn families. I have prepared intensively for this role, for which I would especially like to thank my predecessor Gunter Thielen. I will fulfill these responsibilities as an active controller, together with my Supervisory Board colleagues and colleagues from industry and the works council. I take office in a highly dynamic and important phase for Bertelsmann that will lead to a long-term strategic strengthening of the Group.”

    He adds: “I will do everything in my power to support Thomas Rabe and the Executive Board in making Bertelsmann a faster-growing, more international company. The company has already defined a clear path to achieving this with its four strategic priorities of strengthening the core, digital transformation, building growth platforms and expanding in growth regions. I look forward to working with our CEO, with whom I share many beliefs. We will work with the excellent Executive Board team to safeguard the future of this company, its continuity and its independence.”

    About Bertelsmann

    Bertelsmann is an international media company whose core divisions encompass television (RTL Group), book publishing (Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), services (Arvato), and printing (Be Printers) in some 50 countries. In 2011, the company’s businesses, with their more than 100,000 employees, generated revenues of €15.3 billion. Bertelsmann stands for a combination of creativity and entrepreneurship that empowers the creation of first-rate media, communications, and service offerings to inspire people around the world and to provide innovative solutions for customers.

    Posted by GK | February 5, 2013, 5:41 am
  6. Munch, munch, munch….. From Bertelsmann.
    Gütersloh/New York, 03/01/2013

    Bertelsmann Acquires Full Ownership of Music Company BMG

    KKR sells its stake following successful build-up
    BMG has been jointly developed into a leading global music company
    Bertelsmann strengthens its growth area of music rights management

    Bertelsmann, the international media group, is taking full ownership of the innovative music rights management company BMG by acquiring the shares currently held by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), and will continue to develop BMG as a wholly owned subsidiary. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is scheduled to close during the first half of this year. The parties have agreed to keep the financial details of the transaction confidential. BMG administers the rights to more than one million songs, including works by such artists as Bruno Mars, Duran Duran, Gossip, Johnny Cash, and Will.i.am. It also represents the master rights (composition and recording) of artists who include Brian Ferry, Nena and Anastacia.

    Bertelsmann Chairman & CEO Thomas Rabe said: “This is a great day for Bertelsmann: We are bringing the music home to our group. A few years after our exit from the traditional music business, in association with KKR, we have succeeded in building the world’s fourth-largest music rights management business.” Rabe emphasized that KKR has been a good partner. “Our partnership made it possible for BMG to take advantage of consolidation opportunities and to rapidly advance the organic expansion of the business. I thank them for an excellent collaboration.”

    Taking full ownership of BMG is an important step in putting Bertelsmann’s growth strategy into practice, Rabe explained. “We are happy to have BMG as our own company again. CEO Hartwig Masuch and his team deserve our thanks for the passion and know how they brought to developing a small creative nucleus into a powerhouse that provides the right answers to the challenges of the music industry in this digital age.”

    Johannes Huth, Head of KKR Europe, said: “Our innovative partnership with Bertelsmann, which combined the professional expertise of a global media company with the financial strength, network and business-building expertise of KKR, was a complete success. We explored new business approaches with Bertelsmann; BMG did pioneering work in the music rights market with its digital, service-focused business approach. The model of a ‘growth and build’ partnership between a corporate group and KKR is bound to be seen more often in the future.”

    Thomas Hesse, who as President, Corporate Development and New Businesses, at Bertelsmann is responsible for BMG, added: “The BMG success story is impressive. The company works with a lean organization, a management with an excellent network, and a deep understanding of the needs of artists, songwriters and copyright holders in the digital age. We will operate this business long-term to actively expand it.”

    Hartwig Masuch, CEO of BMG, said: “For BMG, this is a return home. Being a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading media companies opens up more fields of cooperation for us and our customers in the future, and we look forward to many new, long-term development opportunities. The worldwide increase in the use of music, and the emergence of new digital business models offer a variety of opportunities that we will actively explore. We are grateful to KKR for always sharing our vision of an alternative, service-oriented company in the music rights market, and for actively supporting us with their team these past three and a half years. Without KKR, this development would not have been possible.”

    Philipp Freise, Head of KKR’s European media business, added, “BMG has delivered an outstanding performance since it was founded, and has exceeded our original expectations. Together with Bertelsmann, we systematically supported BMG’s international expansion. As we had hoped, today, BMG is one of the world’s leading music rights management companies and very well positioned to continue writing its success story under the proven leadership of Bertelsmann.”

    BMG, with headquarters in Berlin and a presence in eight core countries, is highly profitable on an operating result level. Numerous renowned artists are signed to the company, which in recent years has acquired several rights catalogs and labels from the United States, UK, Germany and France. BMG will be fully consolidated within Bertelsmann after antitrust clearance has been received. Hartwig Masuch will remain CEO. J.P. Morgan served as Bertelsmann’s financial advisor in the share buyback, while KKR was advised by Citigroup.

    About Bertelsmann
    Bertelsmann is an international media company whose core divisions encompass television
    (RTL Group), book publishing (Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), services (Arvato), and printing (Be Printers) in some 50 countries. In 2011, the company’s businesses, with their more than 100,000 employees, generated revenues of €15.3 billion. Bertelsmann stands for a combination of creativity and entrepreneurship that empowers the creation of first-rate media, communications, and service offerings to inspire people around the world and to provide innovative solutions for customers.

    About KKR
    Founded in 1976 and led by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR is a leading global investment firm with $75.5 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2012. With offices around the world, KKR manages assets through a variety of investment funds and accounts covering multiple asset classes. KKR seeks to create value by bringing operational expertise to its portfolio companies and through active oversight and monitoring of its investments. KKR complements its investment expertise and strengthens interactions with fund investors through its client relationships and capital markets platform. KKR & Co. L.P. is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: KKR), and “KKR,” as used in this release, includes its subsidiaries, their managed investment funds and accounts, and/or their affiliated investment vehicles, as appropriate.

    About BMG
    BMG is an international group of music companies focused on the management of music rights. BMG covers the entire range of rights administration, development, and exploitation, placing the needs of songwriters and artists at the core of its business model. Since its founding in 2008, BMG has established a presence in eight core music markets and represents the rights of more than a million songs and recordings including Crosstown, Cherry Lane, Stage Three, Evergreen, Chrysalis and Bug in addition to a number of signed prominent artists and songwriters. The company trades under the name BMG Chrysalis in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Sweden following the acquisition of Chrysalis plc.

    Posted by GK | March 1, 2013, 9:06 am
  7. The late Anti-Fascist American Folk Icon Woody Guthrie has been a BMG Artist since BMG acquired Bug Music. He wrote a ton of anti-fascist songs and even had “This machine Kills fascists” inscribed on his guitar. Now when his music is bought Bertelsmann gets a cut. It’s a sign of the times;increasingly, this land is their land.



    Posted by GK | March 4, 2013, 12:08 am
  8. *burp*

    Bertelsmann’s Random House Wins EU Backing for Penguin Bid
    By Stephanie Bodoni & Aoife White – Apr 5, 2013 10:14 AM CT

    Bertelsmann SE’s Random House won European Union approval to buy Pearson Plc (PSON)’s Penguin unit to create the largest book publisher in the U.K. and the U.S.

    The European Commission said the deal wouldn’t raise competition concerns because the combination would face strong rivalry from large and small publishers, regulators said in an e-mailed statement.

    There was “no evidence that the transaction would lead to risks of coordination among publishers in relation to the acquisition of authors’ rights and the sale of English language books to dealers,” the commission said.

    The joint venture, named Penguin Random House and to be based in New York, will be 53 percent-owned by Bertelsmann, with Pearson holding the remainder, the companies said in October. Bertelsmann Chief Executive Officer Thomas Rabe said the venture will control about 25 percent of the industry.

    Bertelsmann said the EU approval adds to previous backing from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Australian and New Zealand competition authorities earlier this year.

    Yeah, that “competitionis going to be fierce.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | April 5, 2013, 8:04 am
  9. The publisher in this article is not named, but…


    The sad truth about today’s modern Germany and Jews

    By Tuvia Tenenbom

    Published May 21, 2013
    Three years ago I was contacted by an editor of Rowohlt, one of the biggest book publishers in Germany. She said she loved my articles in the Zeit, the prestigious German newspaper I’ve been writing for, and would like me to come to Germany for a few months, interview people and write about them “in the same style you write for the Zeit.”

    It didn’t take long to convince me and soon enough I showed up in Germany.

    Unbelievable landscapes, delicious food, shiny museums, celebrated intellectuals, tireless farmers, sleepless artists, blasphemous zealots, faithful atheists and a highly modern society welcomed me. All I had to do was to befriend everybody.

    I interviewed people from all walks of life. From the famous chain-smoking iconic Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, to the forlorn heroin addicts on the streets of Frankfurt; from the publisher of the largest European daily, Bild, to obscure bloggers; from the Prime Minister of Saxony, to bored museum guards; frail WWII veterans, to sporty high schoolers; radical leftists who want to overthrow the government, any government, to neo-Nazis who won’t settle for anything less than Adolf Hitler; top officials of Mercedes and Volkswagen, to street sellers of cheep necklaces; educated and illiterates; rich and poor; on the east and on the west, in the north and in the south.

    We ate together, drank together, and they talked.

    Hardly a day passed by without at least one interviewee talking to me about the “rich Jews,” the “shrewd Jews,” the Israelis who eat Palestinians for breakfast on a daily basis, the “manipulating Jew,” or anything else “Jew.”

    Germany, I sadly found out, was obsessed with Jews. Even those who claimed to like Jews had very strange thoughts about them. Some told me that all Jews knew each other, others said that all Jews helped each other, and still others claimed that all Jews were “very good” with money.

    The people thus talked and I wrote down what they said, word for word. I submitted the book, a testimonial to the rampant anti-Semitism in today’s Germany, to my editor.

    We met a week later and she told me that she cried and laughed when reading the book and that it was even better than what she had expected it to be. But the head of the publishing company, who comes of Germany’s top families, went into a rage. He told me that I couldn’t write and that the book needed serious editing.

    I asked him to show me what good writing was.

    He did.

    If there was a line in the book about people not liking “Jews,” he demanded that I change the word to “Israel.”

    A chapter about a club that preached the killing of all living Jews had to be erased, he ordered. If somebody told me in an interview that the Jews were “the real Nazis,” their words had to be changed or cut.

    Only if I obeyed him, I was led to understand, would I become a “good writer.”

    He didn’t stop there. He went really low, at one point calling me a “hysterical Jew.” And then he broke our contract.

    No American publisher I approached agreed to give the book life. No matter what evidence at hand, mainstream American publishers were not willing to take on Germany. Taking on a Western ally, I guess, is not on the agenda of present-day publishers.

    Fearing that the book’s findings would get forever lost, the Jewish Theater of New York decided to make the book available to Americans and published it under the title “I Sleep in Hitler’s Room.”

    In December of 2012 one of the most prestigious of German publishers, Suhrkamp, made the book available in Germany, under the title “Allein unter Deutschen.”

    Initially, German critics went ballistic, passionately denying the book’s findings that most Germans today hold anti-Semitic views.

    One of them, in the highly regarded Liberal newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, didn’t shy away from going racist, shamelessly referring to me as “the Jew Tenenbom.”

    Responding to the growing claims against me, I offered to face any intellectual willing to debate me in public.

    Standing before the people who demanded honesty, it soon became very clear that my staunchest critics assailed the book without actually reading it.

    Happily, other critics took a closer look at the book and published glorious reviews. Tens of thousands bought the book, sending it to the top 10 of Spiegel magazine’s best sellers list (equivalent to the New York Times best sellers list in the U.S.), and thousands of the book’s fans attended public readings across Germany.

    At its conclusion, I ended my journey into Germany having many more friends than when I started it.

    This makes me happy, as having new friends is always good, but this doesn’t mean that I’m not worried. I am, and much more than I ever was.

    Germany is a wonderful, beautiful country, its society one of the more sophisticated of our time.

    Germany’s cultural institutions, such as museums, theater and journalism, are the most advanced in the Western world — which probably explains why its society’s stars are not movie actors but intellectuals.

    To me, and as far as I could witness, most of those intellectuals are pseudo intellectuals: they are brainy beyond repair, full of themselves, have a very narrow view of the world, lack a healthy sense of reality and, worse yet, suffer from acute anti-Semitism.

    Again and again, history teaches us where this senseless hate will lead.

    Before WWII, just as now, Germany was very advanced for its time, proudly holding one of the best human rights records. But then as now, the people had hate inside their hearts at the same time their mouths were uttering the loveliest words of freedom.

    It was Adolf Hitler who knew to their deeper thoughts and he turned them into the most sadistic known to humanity.

    If today Germany doesn’t wake up to its inner hate, a more sophisticated Adolf will appear and nobody will be powerful enough to stop him.

    It is time to tell Germany, in the clearest of words: People who suffer from cancer can’t afford to ignore it. Germany must wake up to its cancer, before it will be fatally consumed by it.

    Telling Germans the truth is not hate but the purest form of love. I deeply love them, and therefore I deeply care.

    Posted by Vanfield | June 4, 2013, 3:49 pm
  10. Gütersloh/London/New York, 07/01/2013

    Bertelsmann And Pearson Complete Merger To Form Penguin Random House

    Contract Signing Follows Final Negotiation Between Shareholders
    Markus Dohle To Serve As CEO
    Bertelsmann Appoints Five Board Of Directors Members, Pearson Four
    All Territorial Regulatory Approvals Received Without Conditions

    Bertelsmann and Pearson today signed the final contracts combining the worldwide activities of Random House and Penguin Group, their respective trade book publishing companies. The transaction completes the formation of Penguin Random House, announced October 29, 2012, in which Bertelsmann will own 53 percent and Pearson 47 percent. Penguin Random House will be comprised of all of Random House and Penguin Group’s publishing divisions and imprints in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and India, as well as Random House’s publishers in Spain and Latin America, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa.

    Posted by GK | July 1, 2013, 10:06 pm
  11. Annette Heuser the Executive Director of Bertelsmann Foundation Office in Washington D.C. was urging the U.S. to take action in Libya, alone if necesary, in early March of 2011.


    Who could question the sincerity of her and Bertelsmann’s concern for both the well being, and best interests of the people of the Arab World, as well as the United States?

    Posted by GK | October 30, 2013, 11:06 pm

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