Oda Buchenau

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Oda Dorothea Buchenau b. Weitbrecht (born November 21, 1900 in Hamburg ; † December 31, 1988 there ) was a German press printer and bookseller.


Oda Weitbrecht was the daughter of the Hamburg publisher Theodor Weitbrecht (1862–1939). After a traineeship in Leipzig , in 1921 she worked for the Gustav Kiepenheuer publishing house in Potsdam , where she was promoted to production manager with the guidance of Georg Kulka . From 1923 she ran the highly acclaimed hand press Oda Weitbrecht in Potsdam , with which she went to Hamburg as a book artist in 1926. By the time the press stopped operating, six regular publications, 13 offprints and a number of single-sheet prints had appeared. In 1930 she married the publisher and book designer Siegfried Buchenau , whom she supported from now on, renouncing her press.

From 1941 she was the managing partner of the Weitbrecht & Marissal bookstore . She appointed her husband as managing director and accompanied the company as a partner until it was sold in 1974. After the death of her husband in 1964, she worked on his estate and completed the last yearbook he started, Imprimatur, together with Heinz Sarkowski .

Writings and publications of the press


  • Adolf Flach: Raamin-Presse Roswitha Quadflieg 1973-1978. With a retrospective of the press Oda Weitbrecht 1923-1930. Exhibition in the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel from March 11 to May 11, 1978 (= exhibition catalogs of the Herzog August Library, no. 23). Wolfenbüttel, Herzog-August-Bibliothek, 1978
  • Horst Gronemeyer: Oda Buchenau in Hamburgische Biographie , Volume III, pp. 66–67
  • Weitbrecht, Oda in: Large Bavarian Biographical Encyclopedia , Walter de Gruyter, 2005, p. 2007 (digitized version)

Web links

  • Gerald Cinamon: Oda Weitbrecht at GermanDesigners.net