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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 [3] 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 [4] and oth­er Under­ground Reich media enti­ties like Al Jazeera [5] gain­ing in the Amer­i­can media mar­ket, we expect the sce­nario pre­sent­ed in [6]Ser­pen­t’s Walk [6] to come to pass.

“Ran­dom House and Pen­guin Merg­er Cre­ates Glob­al Giant” by E [7]ric Pfan­ner and Amy Choz­ick; The New York Times; 10/29/2012. [7]

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. . . .

[8]“Bertelsmann’s Revi­sion­ist” by Her­sch Fis­chler and John Fried­man; The Nation; 11/8/99.  [9]

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. . .