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FTR #177 Update on German Corporate Control of American Publishing

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In a sup­ple­ment to a body of work that Mr. Emory believes to be as inci­sive and impor­tant as any he has done, this broad­cast flesh­es out alarm­ing indi­ca­tions that Ger­man cor­po­ra­tions con­trol­ling Amer­i­can pub­lish­ing are mov­ing in the direc­tion of ful­fill­ing a Nazi agen­da.

Like all major Ger­man cor­po­ra­tions, the Ber­tels­mann and Von Holtzbrinck firms ulti­mate­ly report to, and are con­trolled by, the dead­ly Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion. The Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion is an insti­tu­tion that Mr. Emory believes will prove to be the deci­sive ele­ment in human affairs (bar­ring a sig­nif­i­cant change in the polit­i­cal land­scape).

The pro­gram begins with dis­cus­sion of the many pres­ti­gious record­ing artists and record labels con­trolled by Ber­tels­mann. (In addi­tion to pub­lish­ing, this out­fit is heav­i­ly involved with the music busi­ness, as well as com­put­er soft­ware and com­put­er games.

Ber­tels­mann is the third largest media cor­po­ra­tion in the world.) Guid­ed dur­ing the Hitler peri­od by Hein­rich Mohn (who was SS), the Ber­tels­mann firm con­trols Arista, RCA and Wind­ham Hill records, among oth­er labels. Their pub­lish­ing arm (BMG) is a major fac­tor in the Amer­i­can music busi­ness. Next, the broad­cast turns to indi­ca­tions that Ber­tels­mann has not shed its Nazi her­itage. Much of Ber­tels­man­n’s offi­cial his­to­ry has been craft­ed by an unabashed Nazi sym­pa­thiz­er, Dirk Baven­damm. Baven­damm secured forged diaries and sketch­es attrib­uted to Hitler (which paint­ed a rel­a­tive­ly pos­i­tive pic­ture of the Fuehrer). These forg­eries were pub­lished by the Ger­man mag­a­zine Stern, which is pub­lished by Ber­tels­mann. Baven­damm has writ­ten two books which blame Franklin Delano Roo­sevelt for World War II and claimed that Hitler was blame­less for the war. His works also claim that Hitler’s actions toward the Jews were mere­ly a reac­tion to Roo­sevelt’s plot­ting against Ger­many. (The most recent of these titles was pub­lished in 1993, and re-released in 1998. Despite this, Ber­tels­mann hired Baven­damm as its house his­to­ri­an in 1984, the year after he wrote the first of his books blam­ing the war on Roo­sevelt.) Not sur­pris­ing­ly, Baven­damm’s his­to­ry of Ber­tels­mann false­ly claimed that the com­pa­ny had been at log­ger­heads with Hitler.

As dis­cussed in FTR-90, there are indi­ca­tions that the world-wide Nazi agen­da involves con­trol­ling the Amer­i­can opin­ion form­ing media, in order to grad­u­al­ly change the world’s opin­ion of Hitler (prepara­to­ry to res­ur­rect­ing the Reich, some­time in the next cen­tu­ry). Baven­damm’s efforts sug­gest very strong­ly that peo­ple should not be com­pla­cent about that pos­si­bil­i­ty. In spite of Ber­tels­man­n’s record of his­tor­i­cal revi­sion­ism with regard to the Third Reich, the Anti Defama­tion League chose to hon­or the Ber­tels­mann Foun­da­tion in 1999.

The pro­gram con­cludes with analy­sis of the abort­ed title For­tu­nate Son, a book that charged George W. Bush with cocaine use and claimed he had been arrest­ed, with his record hav­ing been expunged through his fam­i­ly con­nec­tions. This book was pulled from the mar­ket after it was dis­closed that its author had a seri­ous crim­i­nal record. The edi­tor-in-chief of St. Mar­t­in’s Press resigned over the book, on which he appar­ent­ly had lit­tle or no input. The book project was high­ly secre­tive, being referred to in house by the code-word “M.J.” St. Mar­t­in’s Press is owned by Von Holtzbrinck (the oth­er Nazi-linked firm which, with Ber­tels­mann, con­trols Amer­i­can pub­lish­ing.) With the Bush fam­i­ly’s long his­to­ry of involve­ment with Nazi­ism, Mr. Emory spec­u­lates that the For­tu­nate Son project may have been delib­er­ate­ly under­tak­en to neg­a­tive­ly stig­ma­tize the George W cocaine sto­ry. With alle­ga­tions sur­fac­ing about W’s alleged involve­ment in an on-cam­era DEA sting oper­a­tion in 1985 (in which both W and Jeb Bush alleged­ly picked up a kilo of cocaine each), Mr. Emory won­ders if the Von Holtzbrinck firm was clear­ing the way for the Under­ground Reich’s can­di­date by ren­der­ing the sto­ry untouch­able. (Record­ed on 10/31/99.)


5 comments for “FTR #177 Update on German Corporate Control of American Publishing”

  1. The below link is to a 10/30/12 NY Times Sto­ry on Bertel­man­n’s Ran­dom House merg­ing with Pen­guin in what will be a mega-pub­lish­er. It also men­tions “Macmil­lan, owned by Georg von Holtzbrinck of Ger­many” as being one of the top 6 biggest pub­lish­ing hous­es. The elder Georg recov­ered from the war rather well. His son must be a chip off the old block too.


    Posted by GK | October 29, 2012, 5:48 pm
  2. Dave,

    Have you cov­ered Georg von Holtzbrinck in depth in any pro­grams?

    The rea­son I ask is I read a Octo­ber 14, 2002 New York Times Sto­ry by Mark Landler head­lined “Anoth­er Ger­man Pub­lish­er Mulls Its Wartime Past”

    Mark writes The Von Holtzbrinck Group “... has dis­closed that it has hired a writer to research the com­pa­ny’s his­to­ry from 1933 to 1945.
    Ste­fan von Holtzbrinck, the com­pa­ny’s pres­i­dent and the younger son of its late founder, Georg von Holtzbrinck, said in an inter­view last week that the author, whom he declined to name, would com­plete his research with­in a year.”
    The writer also quotes Mr. Holtzbrinck “”It is our com­pa­ny’s, and my fam­i­ly’s, respon­si­bil­i­ty to explain the past,” said Mr. von Holtzbrinck, who was born in 1963. ”For me, the worst thing would be if every­thing did not come out.” ”

    Well Dave its been 10 years and the his­to­ry of the com­pa­ny web­site which I just checked is at present start­ing in 1948 and I searched the times and the web and could­n’t find a fol­low up to the sto­ry.

    Here is the url to the whole arti­cle


    Any light you could shed on this com­pa­ny’s his­to­ry I would great­ly appre­ci­ate, since they are huge and influ­en­tial.

    Deep­est thanks,

    Posted by GK | October 31, 2012, 7:55 pm
  3. Here is a good arti­cle on von Holtzbrinck from Suddeutsche.de via Google trans­late


    Here is a small por­tion of it...

    Holtzbrinck had stood well with the par­ty. The approval was also on his entry into the Nazi Par­ty, in 1933 or 1935 was (because the sources are con­tra­dic­to­ry) due, as Holtzbrinck told lat­er. He received 2,126,353 mem­ber­ship num­ber. Holtzbrinck was there­fore occurred at an ear­ly stage, his par­ty’s com­mit­ment, how­ev­er, he had “min­i­mized” (Garke-Roth­bart). To receive orders, he had against Wehrma­cht, state and par­ty repeat­ed­ly argued with the par­ty affil­i­a­tion. To nego­ti­a­tions, he took with his Uncle Eric, a major, high­ly dec­o­rat­ed vet­er­ans of World War I and Stan­darten­führer of the SS Main Office. Who impressed with his uni­form and received com­mis­sions. Towards the end of the war Holtzbrinck should have said: “If it goes well with the out­come of the war, I is an uncle who SS leader when it comes dif­fer­ent­ly, a close rel­a­tive in Amer­i­ca.” There lived anoth­er uncle.

    Posted by Vanfield | November 2, 2012, 10:53 am
  4. Van­field
    Thanks for shar­ing that. I found a ver­sion of the same arti­cle in Eng­lish from Feb. 2009, The Atlantic Times, a news­pa­per from Ger­many.

    “Jour­nal­ist” of ten years, Thomas Garke-Roth­bart, who was picked by the com­pa­ny to do an “inde­pen­dent” his­to­ry, as far as I can tell from my web search­es has­n’t done any thing else. Who he is a mys­tery to me.

    The Holtzbrinck Pro­file it seems fits per­fect­ly the Bor­m­melian Pro­file Paul Man­ning described in Matin Bor­mann, Nazi in Exile.

    The pri­vate nature of the Holtzbrink and Bertel­mann enter­pris­es fits in with the infor­ma­tion Dave broa­cast­ed many years ago from “Pro­fes­sor Wil­helm Stauf­fer”. Are these firms an engine for and, backed by the pow­er­ful Bor­mann Orga­ni­za­ton? Is their mas­sive post war suc­cess part of the eco­nom­ic con­quests of the covert Nazis; as put forth by Paul Man­ning and Dave Emory? The way things are going it seems the spit­firelist for­cast from more than 10 years ago is pret­ty darn accu­rate.

    Posted by GK | November 4, 2012, 11:02 am
  5. Press release from Mon­day
    Bertells­mann “...an unde­ni­able com­mer­cial and cul­tur­al force in Spain and Latin Amer­i­ca, and inter­na­tion­al­ly.”
    Güter­sloh / Barcelona, 11/05/2012

    Ber­tels­mann Acquires 100% Own­er­ship of Ran­dom House Mon­dadori
    • Focus on growth in the Span­ish-lan­guage book mar­kets

    Bertelsmann’s lead­ing trade book pub­lish­ing group Ran­dom House will now own 100 per­cent of the shares in Ran­dom House Mon­dadori, its trade book pub­lish­er in Spain and Latin Amer­i­ca. Ran­dom House Mon­dadori was formed as a 50/50 joint ven­ture in 2001 by Ran­dom House and Mon­dadori. In a trans­ac­tion signed today, Ber­tels­mann has agreed to pur­chase Mondadori’s equi­ty stake in the Barcelona-based pub­lish­er on behalf of Ran­dom House. The agree­ment, which is sub­ject to approval by Span­ish Anti-Trust author­i­ties, is expect­ed to close before year-end. The cor­po­rate name of Ran­dom House Mon­dadori will be retained for the present, and will be changed in the near future to reflect its new own­er­ship struc­ture.

    Thomas Rabe, Chair­man and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of Ber­tels­mann, said, “Ber­tels­mann believes in the cre­ative and com­mer­cial poten­tial of the book busi­ness and, by max­i­miz­ing its hold­ing in Ran­dom House Mon­dadori, is embrac­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty to sig­nif­i­cant­ly improve both its posi­tion in the Span­ish book mar­ket and its access to the grow­ing Span­ish-lan­guage mar­kets of Latin Amer­i­ca. We are very grate­ful to Mon­dadori for our long­stand­ing and very suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship.”

    Núria Cabutí, who has been with Ran­dom House Mon­dadori and its pre­de­ces­sor com­pa­ny Plaza & Janés for the past two decades in pub­lish­ing, mar­ket­ing, and pub­lic­i­ty capac­i­ties, con­tin­ues as Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, the posi­tion she has held since Jan­u­ary 2010. The local orga­ni­za­tion­al struc­tures in Spain, Argenti­na, Mex­i­co, Colom­bia, Chile, and Uruguay under Cabutí, and the edi­to­r­i­al iden­ti­ties of the respec­tive pub­lish­ing pro­grams will be main­tained, with a renewed com­mit­ment to bring its authors’ books to the widest pos­si­ble read­er­ship around the world.
    Ran­dom House Mondadori’s divi­sions pub­lish adult and children’s fic­tion and non­fic­tion in print hard­cov­er, trade and mass mar­ket paper­back, and e‑book for­mats with such imprints as Plaza & Janés, Gri­jal­bo, Lumen, Mon­dadori, Debate, Sudamer­i­cana, Mon­te­na, Beas­coa and Rosa dels vents, among oth­ers. Span­ish and inter­na­tion­al lit­er­ary authors will con­tin­ue to be pub­lished under the Mon­dadori imprint.

    The company’s biggest-sell­ing titles of 2012 have been the “Fifty Shades” tril­o­gy by E L James; Ken Follett’s “Invier­no del Mun­do;” “Las leyes de la fron­tera” by Javier Cer­cas; “Pen­sar rápi­do, pen­sar despa­cio” by Daniel Kah­ne­man; and “La tabla esmer­al­da” by Car­la Mon­tero. Among its unri­valled ros­ter of Span­ish-lan­guage and inter­na­tion­al authors are Ilde­fon­so Fal­cones, Julia Navar­ro, Albert Espinosa, Isabel Allende, John Grisham, Quino, Umber­to Eco, Paul Pre­ston, and many Nobel lau­re­ates such as Gabriel Gar­cía Márquez, J.M. Coet­zee, Orhan Pamuk, V.S. Naipaul, and Doris Less­ing.
    Markus Dohle, Chair­man and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, Ran­dom House world­wide, observed, “Mon­dadori is one of the world’s great pub­lish­ers, and I thank Mau­r­izio Cos­ta and his team for their enor­mous­ly pro­duc­tive part­ner­ship these past eleven years. Togeth­er we have helped our Span­ish col­leagues build Ran­dom House Mon­dadori as a pub­lish­er that has become an unde­ni­able com­mer­cial and cul­tur­al force in Spain and Latin Amer­i­ca, and inter­na­tion­al­ly. Now, Ran­dom House will con­tin­ue to pro­vide our Span­ish com­pa­ny with the cre­ative, finan­cial, and tech­no­log­i­cal resources to grow as a print pub­lish­er and become a lead­ing Span­ish-lan­guage e‑book pub­lish­er. Núria Cabutí has instilled a cor­po­rate cul­ture and stan­dard of excel­lence at Ran­dom House Mon­dadori that cre­at­ed a per­fect foun­da­tion for achiev­ing this.”
    Núria Cabutí said, “I want to thank Mau­r­izio Cos­ta and my pre­de­ces­sor Ric­car­do Cav­allero for help­ing make the com­pa­ny a pow­er­ful force in Span­ish pub­lish­ing in Spain and Latin Amer­i­ca, and for their tremen­dous sup­port of the local man­age­ment teams. It has been a priv­i­lege to draw upon Mondadori’s exper­tise and deep knowl­edge of the pub­lish­ing mar­ket.” Cabutí added, “As part of Ran­dom House world­wide and with the group’s unwa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to Span­ish-lan­guage pub­lish­ing, our com­pa­ny will con­tin­ue as the pub­lish­er of choice in Spain and Latin Amer­i­ca.”
    Also con­tin­u­ing as a pri­or­i­ty under Ran­dom House’s full own­er­ship will be the joint ven­ture between Ran­dom House Mon­dadori and the Knopf Dou­ble­day Group divi­sion of Ran­dom House, Inc., which has helped the latter’s Vin­tage Español imprint grow to become the lead­ing pub­lish­er of Span­ish-lan­guage trade books in the U.S.
    Ran­dom House Mon­dadori will become part of the future new part­ner­ship announced by Ber­tels­mann and Pear­son on Octo­ber 29, which will com­bine the Eng­lish- and Span­ish-lan­guage trade pub­lish­ing divi­sions and imprints of Ran­dom House and Pen­guin world­wide. The new com­pa­ny, whose cor­po­rate name will be Pen­guin Ran­dom House and who is sub­ject to reg­u­la­to­ry approvals from a num­ber of author­i­ties around the world, includ­ing in North Amer­i­ca and Europe, is expect­ed to take place in the sec­ond half of 2013.

    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 | November 6, 2012, 9:33 pm

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