Gerd Hatje

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Gerd Hatje (born April 14, 1915 in Hamburg , † July 24, 2007 in Stuttgart ) was a German publisher .


Gerd Hatje was the son of the railway unionist Johann Hatje and his wife Lina. He came to Stuttgart with his family at the age of 15, where he completed an apprenticeship as a typesetter . In November 1945 Hatje was able to acquire a license to found Humanitas Verlag from the American and French military governments. The publishing program initially included novellas , novels and pieces from world literature . In 1947 the publishing house was renamed Verlag Gerd Hatje and from then on developed into one of the most internationally renowned publishing houses for art, photography and architecture. At the age of 75, Gerd Hatje sold his publishing house to Dr. Cantz'sche print shop . The publisher has been operating under the name Hatje Cantz Verlag since 1999 .


Gerd Hatje was awarded the Baden-Württemberg Medal of Merit in 1996 .

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  1. List of medal recipients 1975–2019. (PDF; 180 kB) State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, p. 40 , accessed on June 12, 2019 .