Kindler publishing house

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The Kindler publishing house is a German publishing house . Today it belongs to the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group as an imprint at Rowohlt Verlag , Reinbek .


The publishing house was founded in 1945 by Helmut Kindler and his wife Nina together with Heinz Ullstein in Berlin as a book and magazine publisher, but after three years it moved to Munich. The first book title published in 1951, the memoirs of Ferdinand Sauerbruch , was also the largest circulation in the program to date, with 1.5 million copies sold. With biographies, contemporary historical publications and large-scale series of works and encyclopedias (including Kindler literature encyclopedia , Kindler's painting lexicon , Kindler's cultural history , Kindler's Encyclopedia Man , Grzimeks animal life ), the company developed in the following decades soon became one of Germany's book publishers. The authors published by Kindler included Willy Brandt , Ludwig Marcuse , Fritz Kortner , Walter Jens , Robert Jungk , Albert Schweitzer , Horst Stern , Eugen Kogon (“ The SS State ”) and Sebastian Haffner (“ Notes on Hitler ”).

Not least because of the ambitious but risky projects, which brought the publisher to the edge of its financial capabilities, the Kindler Verlag finally had to be sold to Droemer Knaur (today part of the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group ) in 1977 . From 2000 to 2004 the publisher resided briefly in Berlin, since then in Reinbek, where he is an imprint in the Rowohlt publishing group, which joined Holtzbrinck in 1982.

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