Suhrkamp Verlag

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Suhrkamp Verlag AG

legal form Corporation
founding July 1, 1950
Seat Berlin
Number of employees 130 (2018)
sales EUR 36.5 million (2018)
Branch Book publisher

The Suhrkamp Verlag AG is a 1950 by Peter Suhrkamp founded German publisher based in Berlin . Its roots go back to the part of the S. Fischer Verlag , which was " Aryanized " in the 1930s . Today, the company includes a publishing group to which - in addition to Suhrkamp - the Insel Verlag , the German classics publisher , the Jewish Publishing , the publisher of world religions and the house Theaterverlag belong. In 2015 the house had 110 employees, 130 in 2018 and the annual turnover in the 2018 financial year was 36.5 million euros. In addition to German and international fiction, the program also includes a large segment of academic titles.

Following conflicts between the shareholders of what was then Suhrkamp Verlag GmbH & Co KG, the publisher filed for bankruptcy on May 27, 2013 . On January 21, 2015, the process was completed by converting the publisher into a stock corporation.


Peter Suhrkamp began his publishing career in 1933 at S. Fischer Verlag , where he initially worked as the editorial manager of the Neue Rundschau . Soon he became a board member.

The censorship in the era of National Socialism threatened the S. Fischer Verlag, whose authors also many dissident and Jewish writers included in its existence. Therefore, in 1935 Gottfried Bermann Fischer signed an agreement with the Propaganda Ministry , according to which he went to Vienna with the publications that did not suit the regime, while Peter Suhrkamp dealt with the "Aryanized" other part of the publishing house with the authors who were allowed to continue to appear in Germany - including them National Socialist-oriented authors - took over as managing director and partner. Philipp Reemtsma , Christoph Rathjen and Clemens Abs were involved as donors for this branch .

For the next eight years, Suhrkamp headed the S. Fischer publishing house. In 1942 the publisher was in front of the rulers in Suhrkamp Verlag. S. Fischer renamed, shortly afterwards the name of the Jewish founder completely removed. Suhrkamp was arrested by the Gestapo in spring 1944 and sent to prison. After the proceedings were closed, he was taken to Sachsenhausen concentration camp for “ protective custody ” . Two weeks later, in February 1945, Suhrkamp was released - he had meanwhile become seriously ill. Various personalities, including Gerhart Hauptmann , Hans Carossa and - according to Suhrkamp's own information - Arno Breker had campaigned for his release.

On October 8, 1945, Peter Suhrkamp was the first German publisher to receive a publishing license from the British military authorities to continue Suhrkamp-Verlag. This was followed by a dispute with the heirs of S. Fischer about the return of the publishing house to the heirs. In his autobiography Gottfried Bermann Fischer raised serious allegations against Suhrkamp, ​​who wanted to keep the publisher despite clear contractual arrangements.

Founding of the publishing house

Hermann Hesse encouraged Suhrkamp to found his own new publishing house. Gottfried Bermann Fischer and Suhrkamp finally reached an out-of-court settlement: Suhrkamp was allowed to keep those of the authors he supervised during the war who decided to give him the rights to their works in his own publishing house. Of the 48 authors whose works he had published during National Socialism, 33 decided to work with him. These included - in addition to Hesse - authors such as Rudolf Alexander Schröder , TS Eliot , George Bernard Shaw and Hermann Kasack . Hesse also brokered contact with the Swiss entrepreneurial family Reinhart , who, as a sponsor, enabled the establishment of their own publishing house and received a 50 percent share in the publishing house. It was founded in 1950. Just one year later, the first row of the house was brought into being, the Suhrkamp library , in which modern classics still appear today.

In 1952 Siegfried Unseld joined the publishing house, which meanwhile had around 100 available titles and six employees. In 1957 he became a personally liable partner, and when Peter Suhrkamp died in 1959, Unseld succeeded him. Right from the start, the publishing house published German-language and international literature of the 20th century as well as the humanities, which theoretically and aesthetically represented the human condition . Suhrkamp always wanted to promote the author and not the individual books. In addition, the discovery of new and young authors and their implementation among readers and critics was (and is) one of the company's primary goals. The success of this project was evident in the numerous national and international awards for the writers supported by Suhrkamp.


Siegfried Unseld advanced to Verlag Publishing Group Suhrkamp, the other tags as Holding legally exists independently of the management of the individual publishing. The theater publisher was particularly important to him, as he was familiar with the stage as a dramaturge and had a predilection for the genre. It was clear to him that the quality of a performance depended on the text, and since then national and international greats of the scene have been published here. The focus of the theater texts began in 1959 with the Spectaculum series , in which modern theater plays were published for the public for the first time in German-speaking countries. Karlheinz Braun was in charge of the theater publisher from 1959 to 1969 , followed by Rudolf Rach from 1971 to 1976 and again from 1981 to 1986.

The Insel Verlag was after he had moved in the same year from Wiesbaden to Frankfurt am Main, acquired by Suhrkamp 1960th Text editions of modern films appeared for the first time in 1961, operas in 1962 and radio plays in 1963. In 1962 Hans Magnus Enzensberger joined the publishing house and published a number of bilingual poetry.

In 1963 the first 20 titles of edition suhrkamp appeared with covers in rainbow colors. The first title was Life of Galilei by Bertolt Brecht . In the same year the publisher bought a legal specialist publisher, which from 1964 appeared as Nomos Verlag . From 1965, Suhrkamp published the Kursbuch magazine with four issues a year, which was headed by Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Karl Markus Michel . The magazine switched to the Klaus Wagenbach publishing house in 1970 . In 1966 the publishing house expanded its humanities and social science program: The theory series was the responsibility of the predominantly young thinkers Hans Blumenberg , Jürgen Habermas , Dieter Henrich and Jacob Taubes .

In 1969 the publishing house moved into an office building built for him on Lindenstrasse in Frankfurt. The non-fiction book series suhrkamp Wissen , founded in the same year, was discontinued in 1971. The publishing house had more success with the suhrkamp taschenbuch series , which began in 1971 and whose first title was Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in a trilingual edition. The fiction paperbacks were expanded in 1973 to include the suhrkamp pocket books science .

In 1978 Siegfried Unseld transferred 20 percent of his 50 percent stake to his son Joachim Unseld , who joined the publishing house as head of sales and distribution. In 1979 all paperback series, including that of Insel Verlag, were outsourced to Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Verlag.

In 1981 Suhrkamp founded the Deutsche Klassiker Verlag as a joint project between Suhrkamp and Insel. The Peter Suhrkamp Foundation was established in 1984, offering authors the chance to act as administrators and rights holders. The first represented authors were Uwe Johnson and Wolfgang Koeppen . In 1988 Joachim Unseld became a publisher with equal rights and took over responsibility for edition suhrkamp , suhrkamp pocket books and more recent German literature. After a falling out between father and son, Joachim Unseld left the publishing house in 1990.

In 1990, Suhrkamp-Verlag organized the takeover of the Jewish publishing house , the history of which goes back to 1902. The Suhrkamp publishing house held 51 percent, the co-shareholders were Ignatz Bubis , Walter Hesselbach and Siegfried Unseld as a private person. Since 1992 the program has been published as "Jüdischer Verlag im Suhrkamp Verlag". In 1998 the shareholders sold Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, which belongs to the group and specializes in legal literature, to Julius Springer . In 1999 the Reinhart family sold 21 percent of their 50 percent share to Siegfried Unseld, so that Siegfried Unseld now held 51 percent, his son Joachim 20 percent and 29 percent were with the Reinharts.

Successor to Unseld

Siegfried Unseld died on October 26, 2002, whereupon there were violent quarrels within the publishing house management. His widow, the Suhrkamp author Ulla Berkéwicz , now Unseld-Berkéwicz, won the power struggle against Günter Berg , who had been the publishing director of Suhrkamp and Insel since 2000. Berg subsequently left the publishing house at the end of November 2003 and became managing director of Hoffmann und Campe publishing house in 2004 . At the end of February 2004, Martin Walser, one of the most prominent living German-speaking authors, announced his move from Suhrkamp to Rowohlt Verlag .

During this period the minority shareholders of the Reinhart family decided to sell their share. At the turn of the year 2006/2007, the Hamburg media investor Hans Barlach , then co-owner of Hamburger Morgenpost , took over the Suhrkamp shares of the Reinhart family, which had since been bundled in Medienholding AG Winterthur , for eight million euros . Originally, Barlach's entry should have taken place together with Claus Grossner , who, however, could not agree on the purchase price with Reinhart and finally withdrew from his intention to buy. Barlach reached an agreement with the Reinharts and got on alone, but did not pay the second half of the purchase price and was eventually sentenced to pay the outstanding four million euros in May 2013. Immediately after joining, Barlach raised serious allegations against Ulla Unseld-Berkéwicz: “I don't consider her to be qualified as the publishing director. This woman cannot do it, has gone completely wrong. ”The majority owner and manager of Suhrkamp, ​​Ulla Unseld-Berkéwicz, wanted to have the legality of the sale checked. As a result, Barlach filed several actions against decisions of the shareholders' meeting, whereupon Unseld-Berkéwicz filed counterclaims.

Barlach's motivation to join the publishing house became the subject of discussion in the months and years that followed. Representatives of the publishing house management saw in him a pure financial investor who had no interest in the literary profile, but only in returns. He wants to reduce investments in new authors and works in order to exploit the lucrative rights of the titles on the backlist . Barlach countered this. He wanted to run the publishing house himself, as Unseld-Berkéwicz was unable to do so. The high proportion of income from long-term titles of around 55 percent is rather questionable and more should be invested in attractive new titles and authors. An increase in income is necessary in order to be able to continue to buy international authors' rights. He spoke of a medium-term "return corridor" of 5 to 15 percent. Unseld-Berkéwicz, on the other hand, suffices with a low return, with profits it wants to build up reserves.

At the end of 2008, at the instigation of the Suhrkamp lawyer appointed by Berkéwicz, the shareholders concluded a settlement in which all mutual allegations and legal actions were withdrawn. In addition, the parties agreed that Joachim Unseld should leave the publishing house and sell half of his shares of 20 percent to the two remaining shareholders. In addition, it was regulated that the publisher should move to Berlin, as Berkéwicz has long been demanding. The sale was implemented in November 2009, the family foundation controlled by Siegfried Unseld's widow, Ulla Unseld-Berkéwicz, has since held 61 percent and Medienholding AG Winterthur, managed by Barlach, has 39 percent.

The changes since Unseld's death caused unrest in the publishing house and among the authors. In response to a request from the features section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , only five authors - Peter Handke , Durs Grünbein , Peter Sloterdijk , Katharina Hacker and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht - initially expressed criticism of the claimed right of the new shareholders at Suhrkamp Verlag . In a public declaration, a further 24 authors expressed their solidarity with the publisher Unseld-Berkéwicz. Other authors like Jagoda Marinić did not see a necessary contradiction in this so-called “fusion of money and spirit”.

Exit of editors and authors

The Hispanist and editor Mechthild Strausfeld resigned after 35 years with the publisher at the end of 2007 because she no longer saw any basis for successful program activity. Strausfeld was responsible for the Spanish and Portuguese language programs at Suhrkamp, ​​and her successes include winning over the authors Julio Cortázar , Octavio Paz , Jorge Semprún , Mario Vargas Llosa , Guillermo Cabrera Infante and the bestseller Das Geisterhaus by Isabel Allende . She then worked for S. Fischer- Verlag until 2016 as an editor and “literature scout”.

Due to disagreements and poor rewards, the literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki terminated his contract with Suhrkamp in November 2008 and chose the Hamburg publishing house Hoffmann und Campe for his five-part anthology of German writers . He added that he had always trusted Siegfried Unseld, while his widow had "cheated" on him. In February 2009 the Swiss writer Adolf Muschg announced the end of his collaboration with Suhrkamp and his move to the Munich publisher CH Beck after 35 years . Muschg, who until November 2008 was the only author on the Board of Trustees of Suhrkamp Verlag, justified his decision with the management policy of the publishing director Unseld-Berkéwicz. In June 2009 the Suhrkamp author Katharina Hacker announced that she wanted to leave the publishing house. Her book Alix, Anton and the others was published in autumn 2009 as the last of her works by Suhrkamp-Verlag.

Relocation of the publishing house to Berlin

Former Suhrkamp house on Lindenstrasse in Frankfurt am Main, demolished in 2011

One of the areas of conflict in the publishing house was Unseld-Berkéwicz's plans to relocate the publishing house entirely to Berlin, in order to continue the tradition of the S. Fischer publishing house founded there. In addition to the traditional publishing house in Frankfurt's Westend , the publishing house opened a representative office in Berlin-Charlottenburg in 2006 next to the local literature house . Unseld's son and co-partner Joachim Unseld was strictly against moving out of Frankfurt am Main because he wanted to preserve the tradition of this place. He wanted to have the decision to move against his vote declared null and void. The city of Frankfurt am Main had tried to keep the publisher; Most of the employees also spoke out against moving to Berlin.

With the settlement and the departure of Joachim Unseld, nothing seemed to stand in the way of the Suhrkamp Verlag's planned move from Frankfurt am Main to Berlin. After the consolidation of the shareholder structure, Unseld-Berkéwicz announced on February 6, 2009 that Suhrkamp Verlag would relocate at the beginning of 2010: For the time being, they wanted to work on two floors of an old building in Prenzlauer Berg , until 2012 the final publishing house was in the Nicolaihaus in Berlin-Mitte will relate. Frankfurt am Main is to keep a branch of the publisher in addition to the three foundations belonging to the publisher.

Based in Berlin on Pappelallee, 2010–2019

About six weeks before the move date, co-partner Barlach - contrary to the settlement from the end of 2008 - raised further claims and threatened to abandon the move. He only withdrew his concerns when he was granted far-reaching powers in the course of an amendment to the partnership agreement that was arranged at short notice. After that, he had the right to name managing directors and to object to fee contracts over a certain amount; He also had the right to extensive control of the business. Barlach subsequently prevented the publishing house from acquiring its own property in Berlin, which meant that Suhrkamp lost around two million euros in funding. Therefore the plans to move into the historic Nicolaihaus had to be abandoned.

At the turn of the year 2009/2010 the move was completed, so that on January 4, 2010 the Suhrkamp Verlag in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg could start its business. The property in Frankfurt am Main was sold, the Suhrkamp house in Frankfurt am Main was demolished in 2011.

New building, headquarters of the publishing house since August 2019

In August 2019, the publishing house moved again within Berlin and took up its new headquarters in a new building built by the architect Roger Bundschuh north of Rosa Luxemburg-Platz at the address Torstrasse  44.

Escalation between the shareholders

While authors and employees turned away from the publishing house because of disputes and because of the move, the bitter dispute between the shareholders since Barlach's entry escalated: As a minority shareholder, Barlach's media group failed at the shareholders' meeting to appoint two managing directors she had proposed for the publishing house. Barlach tried in the shareholders' meeting to use the special rights he had gained in 2009 to prevent the purchase of books by Don Winslow and Isabel Allende . The family foundation under the leadership of Berkéwicz ignored its co-partner and decided with its majority. As a result, Barlach saw his rights of participation and information violated and raised allegations of improper expenditure by the publisher, which had directly benefited the majority shareholder, as well as misappropriation of funds, overstepping of competencies, behavior damaging to business and mismanagement. The differences were resolved in court, and as part of the litigation, both shareholders declared their wish to take over the shares from the other side. At the end of 2012, the media holding applied for the company to be dissolved in the event that its claims were not upheld. The presiding judge stated in the process: "Both partners apparently see each other as an incarnation of evil" and feared: "One of the most well-known participants in the post-war literature business is threatening to disappear."

On December 10, 2012, the Berlin Regional Court upheld the action brought by the minority shareholder Hans Barlach, with which Ulla Unseld-Berkéwicz was to be relieved of her position as managing director. In addition, Unseld-Berkéwicz and her two co-managing directors were sentenced to pay almost 282,500 euros in damages to the publisher. In March 2013, the decision followed that the management had not made a correct decision on the 2010 annual profit due to the improper participation of the minority shareholder, which was particularly high due to the sale of the Frankfurt property and the Suhrkamp archive. Barlach's media holding therefore applied for his share of this profit of 2.2 million euros to be paid out and was right.

However, the judgments did not become final and in August 2014 the Berlin Court of Appeal decided in favor of the family foundation and overturned the decision of the Regional Court of December 2012. The shareholder decisions since 2010 have been legal and effective. Barlach is not entitled to any claims, Unseld-Berkéwicz was confirmed as managing director.

Another trial before the Frankfurt am Main Regional Court , in which both sides demanded the other's exclusion from the company, was postponed several times in order to give the parties further opportunities to reach an out-of-court settlement. In November 2013 the court dismissed the reciprocal claims. The court found that both sides had committed serious violations of the fiduciary obligations under the articles of association. Each side could be excluded from society for this. However, since both parties have violated the interests of the company in equal measure, the exclusion of one party would not be considered, only dissolution by the parties could end the company.

A large number of authors and publicists spoke up about the future of the publishing house. The Suhrkamp Family Foundation then proposed a mediator in December 2012, the former Minister of State for Culture Michael Naumann . Naumann later sided with Berkéwicz. Barlach only responded in early February 2013 with an interview in Spiegel . The lawyer and publicist Andreas Zielcke then came to the conclusion in the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) that Barlach had to be bought out. The completely different evaluation of the publisher is another problem.

Meanwhile, the publisher's turnover fell significantly. Suhrkamp's literary program under the direction of Berkéwicz was highly praised in the feature pages, but the economic situation developed negatively. In 2012, sales of 23.9 million euros were achieved, compared to 27.7 million in 2010. Of the 9,000 titles available from the publisher, more than 6,000 fewer than 100 titles were sold in the 2012 financial year. The financial year ended with a loss of 105,000 euros.

Bankruptcy proceedings

Having the Dusseldorf insolvency and restructuring specialist Frank Kebekus from the publishing business ahead Plenipotentiary had been ordered these requested on 27 May 2013 at the Amtsgericht Berlin-Charlottenburg , the opening of insolvency proceedings in self-administration in accordance with §§ 270 et seq.  German Insolvency Act (InsO). Until the submission of an associated insolvency plan and the decision on the opening of the proceedings, the so-called protective shield proceedings according to Section 270b InsO were ordered, in which the Berlin lawyer and notary Rolf Rattunde was appointed provisional administrator . The reason for the opening application was the ruling of March 2013, according to which the profit from 2010 was to be paid out proportionally to the shareholder Barlach in the amount of 2.2 million euros. If this had happened, the profit share due to the family foundation would have had to be paid out, which would have led to the publisher's insolvency. The special form of insolvency proceedings in self-administration, on the other hand, allows the management to continue the publishing business under the supervision of the (provisional) trustee and to bring about a corporate reorganization and restructuring on the basis of the insolvency plan, while the individual legal enforcement of individual creditors is frozen for the duration of the proceedings through individual foreclosure acts so that the payment of the profit distribution ordered by the court to the shareholder Hans Barlach could also be omitted. As part of the insolvency proceedings, an assessment by the publisher could clarify the very different views of the two shareholders. Barlach assumed around 80 million euros, while Michael Naumann named a value of 20 million euros in May 2013. In the proceedings on the mutual exclusion of the shareholders, the presiding judge set the value of the publisher at 20 million for the questions negotiated in this context in September 2013.

In response to the bankruptcy petition, Barlach declared a so-called subordination of his shareholder claim in mid-June 2013 . He wanted to remove the basis of the initiated insolvency proceedings. The management of the publishing company replied that it was too late for such a step and that the proceedings would continue. Barlach then fought the opening of the proceedings because he saw the proceedings as an attempt “to exclude the media holding from the company by reducing capital”.

At the request of Barlach, the Frankfurt am Main regional court issued an interim injunction on July 19, 2013, which ordered the family foundation to defer its share of the profits until at least the end of 2014 and to declare a subordination of its claims against the publisher. This would eliminate the publisher's over-indebtedness and thus the reason for insolvency proceedings.

When the Berlin District Court Barlach also sought unsuccessfully to an injunction with which the management of the publishing house should be removed immediately; The aim should be to withdraw the bankruptcy petition before the decision to open proceedings is made.

On August 6, 2013, the Charlottenburg District Court opened insolvency proceedings under self-administration and appointed attorney Rattunde as administrator. The submitted insolvency plan provided for the publisher, which was organized in the form of a limited partnership, to be converted into a stock corporation with a simple majority of the creditors and the approval of the court. Barlach's special rights, which he had included in the partnership agreement in 2009, would then no longer apply. From then on, the rights of the shareholders would be based on the provisions of stock corporation law, so that their disputes would no longer have a direct impact on the operational management of the publishing house. As early as May 2013, Spiegel online described this option as an “ingenious Machiavellian move”. Furthermore, Insel Verlag should become a subsidiary of the publisher.

After the family foundation failed to comply with the preliminary injunction issued by the Frankfurt am Main regional court on July 19, 2013, the court imposed a fine of 250,000 euros on August 13, 2013 and again ordered the foundation to admit its claim by December 31, 2014 hours and to declare a subordination. The reason given was that the insolvency proceedings would be abused in order to curtail Barlach's rights under the articles of association. The family foundation has appealed against all rulings by the Frankfurt am Main Regional Court. After the reasons for the decision were published, the lawyer Andreas Zielcke accused the Frankfurt judge in the Süddeutsche Zeitung of failing to understand the logic of the revised insolvency law and systematically confusing the publisher's actions with those of the family foundation. As a result, the Frankfurt decisions are not tenable.

On September 4, 2013, the Charlottenburg District Court approved the insolvency plan. As a result, the Frankfurt am Main Regional Court again issued an injunction on September 9, at the request of Barlach . Unseld-Berkéwicz was forbidden to vote for its own insolvency plan in the shareholders' meeting. The family foundation subsequently appealed again. Zielcke commented in the Süddeutsche that the conflict between company law and insolvency law since the insolvency law reform of 2012 has been regulated in favor of insolvency law. The purpose of insolvency law is the continuation of the company, especially in the event of a non-dissolvable blockade between the shareholders.

The enforcement of the judgment of the Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main on September 9th was suspended on October 2nd, 2013 by the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main (OLG), as it would "probably not last". The OLG found in particular that all disputes between the shareholders may only be resolved in insolvency proceedings. This gave the family foundation the opportunity to agree to the plan in the insolvency proceedings and to convert the publisher into a stock corporation.

In order to resolve the conflicts between the partners, a White Knight was repeatedly brought up to buy Barlach out of the publishing house. Hubert Burda was mentioned several times , although he would only have been considered as a private person, as his publisher denied any intention to participate. Also were Sylvia and Ulrich Ströher called whose assets from the sale of Wella comes and the cultural sector as art collectors have emerged. The couple Ströher presented since the opening of the insolvency proceedings an interim financing of the royalties from their private assets available. In August 2013, dtv was also named as a possible buyer. Barlach stated in an interview with the Börsenblatt that there would never have been a rift between the shareholders or a blockade to the detriment of the publisher. He also spoke positively about dtv's offer.

The real activity of Barlach was classified differently. It was associated with that of a corporate raider who joins a company as a minority owner and stirs up conflicts that lead to the breakdown of operations and the exploitation of rights. By mid-2013, Barlach would have largely amortized his original share of the purchase price through distributions, and contrary to original announcements, he would not have brought any capital into the publisher. This also corresponds to the wording in the partnership agreement of 2009, according to which only one goal is mentioned for the publishing participation of Barlachs Medienholding: "To receive the highest possible dividends from the Suhrkamp limited partnerships".

In September 2013, 180 authors of the Suhrkampverlag and heirs of authors who hold rights declared that they would immediately leave a publisher in which Barlach "exercises significant influence". They asked him to accept the bankruptcy plan to reorganize the publishing house and to come to terms with the loss of his special shareholder rights. The signatories include Hans Magnus Enzensberger , Alexander Kluge , Peter Sloterdijk , Durs Grünbein , Sibylle Lewitscharoff , Uwe Tellkamp and George Steiner as well as the heirs of the rights to Hermann Hesse and Thomas Bernhard . If all supporters of the appeal had made their announcement true, the publisher would have been worthless.

On October 22, 2013, the representatives of the creditors voted unanimously in favor of the insolvency plan after the Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG) refused to cancel the date set by the bankruptcy court as part of an interim order. The minority shareholder Barlach stated that he no longer wanted to take action against the decision.

Conversion into a stock corporation

On January 15, 2014, the Berlin Regional Court confirmed the conversion of Suhrkamp-Verlag into a stock corporation (AG) as part of the insolvency plan . Barlach lodged a complaint against it and, after its rejection, finally turned to the Federal Court of Justice with a legal complaint . Barlach asserted that the conversion into an AG was a significant disadvantage for him. His special rights from the partnership agreement of the KG expire and he would be bound even further because registered shares with restricted transferability were issued, which he could not sell without the consent of the management board. The BGH overturned the decision of the LG Berlin on July 17, 2014 because of a formal error, whereupon the Berlin Regional Court confirmed its decision of January 2014 on October 20, 2014. The Federal Constitutional Court rejected a constitutional complaint by Barlach on December 18, 2014 and allowed the conversion. The conversion was completed on January 21, 2015.

Ulla Berkéwicz kept the management of the board of directors for the beginning, even if there are still legal proceedings against her management. Jonathan Landgrebe , formerly one of the managing directors, was the only board member besides Berkéwicz. The founding Supervisory occupied Gerhart Baum (Chairman), Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Marie Warburg, daughter of Eric M. Warburg and wife of Michael Naumann .

With the conversion, the Ströher couple joined the company with a share of one third in the form of a capital increase . Since then, the family foundation has held a share of 40.66 percent, the Ströhers hold 33.33 percent and Barlach 26 percent. Barlach's share thus exceeds the blocking minority of 25 percent under the Stock Corporation Act , which is necessary for particularly far- reaching decisions regarding the company. In addition, the voting rights of the Ströher share and those of the family foundation share were contractually bundled in such a way that the Unseld-Berkéwicz family foundation and the Ströher family vote uniformly. Since in the internal relationship of this alliance the share of the family foundation is higher than that of the Ströhers, the family foundation can decisively determine the future business direction of the publisher.

In line with long-term planning, Berkéwicz switched to the management of the Supervisory Board on December 10, 2015, with Sylvia Ströher and Rachel Salamander sitting next to her on this body. Landgrebe became chairman of the board in a management team that also includes chief editor Raimund Fellinger, press spokeswoman Tanja Postpischil and commercial director Gerhard Schneider. The temporary co-managing director Thomas Sparr is involved in the management as editor at large without a specific business area. Since April 2016, Bernhard Bücker has been a member of the management team, responsible for the commercial management of the Suhrkamp and Insel publishers.

Publisher profile

German-language literature

Cover of course book No. 1 from 1965

To this day it is one of the publisher's achievements to establish German-language literature abroad as well, making Suhrkamp the leading company in this field. In the 1950s, German-language literature was presented in particular through works by Hermann Hesse , Bertolt Brecht , Max Frisch , Wolf von Niebelschütz , Martin Walser and Hans Magnus Enzensberger . In the 1960s, the authors Jürgen Becker , Thomas Bernhard , Wolfgang Hildesheimer and Peter Handke were added. The publisher also tried to produce poetry and published two of the most important poets of the century, Paul Celan and Nelly Sachs . Suhrkamp published the anthology of poems published by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Museum of Modern Poetry , which caused a sensation with the press and the public. The dramas The persecution and murder of Jean Paul Marat by Peter Weiss and Peter Handke's public abuse gave the theater new impetus.

In the 1970s, among others, Peter Huchel , Adolf Muschg and Erica Pedretti completed the program. Ingeborg Bachmann appeared for the first time with Suhrkamp with her novel Malina . Two of the most important authors of that time were Wolfgang Koeppen and Robert Walser , although the latter initially remained unrecognized and only gradually gained a readership.

Support for new writers continued over the following decades. Jurek Becker's book Jacob the Liar was published, and Ulla Berkéwicz published her first work, Josef dies. The novel Irre by Rainald Goetz, later referred to as a “cult book”, and Ralf Rothmann's stories Messers Schneide were published alongside books by Werner Fritsch , Patrick Roth and Norbert Gstrein . At the end of the 1990s the trend of pop literature emerged , whose more demanding representatives such as Thomas Meinecke and Andreas Neumeister were represented at Suhrkamp. The publisher wanted to show that even after fifty years it was still a mentor and supporter of the avant-garde .

International literature

Suhrkamp booth at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012

The second pillar in the field of fiction, international literature, was initially represented by TS Eliot , Samuel Beckett , George Bernard Shaw and a little later James Joyce . The focus in the early years was on the publication of books from the French-speaking area. The best-known author in the field was Marguerite Duras , who is represented in the publishing house with over 30 titles. In addition to her bestselling novel The Lover , Marcel Proust's novel In Search of Lost Time was published by Suhrkamp for the first time in full translation.

The North American authors found their place mainly in the Suhrkamp library , which represented works of classical modernism by William Faulkner , Sherwood Anderson , Gertrude Stein and Truman Capote .

In the 1960s, the publishing house concentrated on the publication of books from the "Eastern Bloc" and thus on writers who demanded a loosening of the political situation. Karl Dedecius founded the Polish Library in 1982 , which grew to fifty volumes by the time it was closed in 2000.

Siegfried Unseld achieved great success in 1976 with the inclusion of Latin American literature, where he presented seventeen authors with a total of twenty titles to the public. For many books from the countries of South and Central America, the term “magical realism” became formative and authors such as Juan Carlos Onetti , Julio Cortázar , Guillermo Cabrera Infante and the Nobel Prize winners Octavio Paz (1990) and Mario Vargas Llosa (2010) belonged from now on to the program of the publisher. Later works by Spanish and Portuguese writers expanded the segment. The best known of them all is Isabel Allende , who became famous for her novel The Haunted House and who published the bestseller of 1999 with Fortuna's daughter . The aim of supporting the author and his oeuvre and not just individual books applies to international literature as well as to German titles . The claim can be seen among others with Jorge Semprún , Yasushi Inoue , Amos Oz , Mercè Rodoreda and Gesualdo Bufalino .

The translators are particularly important for this section of the publishing house. At best, authors take on the work of their colleagues themselves, such as Paul Celan, who transferred many poems from French, Italian and Russian, or Martin Walser, who transferred texts from English and American. Also Ilma Rakusa enriched the publisher to translations from several languages. The most important employees in this field were Eva Rechel-Mertens (Proust), Elmar Tophoven and Erika Tophoven (Beckett), Hans Wollschläger (James Joyce), Siegfried Schaarschmidt (Japanese literature) and Rudolf Wittkopf (Latin American literature).

The Association of German-Language Translators of Literary and Scientific Works , VdÜ, honored the publisher's international commitment by awarding Jürgen Dormagen, who has been lecturer for the Latin American literature program at Suhrkamp and Insel Verlag since 1984, with a translator's bar , a small, unique work of art . With this, the VdÜ recognized a publisher's editor who gained great recognition for his respectful dealings with literary translators and who persevered within his publishing house for their concerns. Dormagen often shared his knowledge and experience with texts in translation seminars.

Scientific literature

The scientific literature focuses on humanistic works of the 20th century. The publisher publishes titles on philosophy , sociology , psychology , social theory , literary studies , legal theory and art history . Theodor W. Adorno's Minima Moralia appeared as early as 1951 , followed by Walter Benjamin's writings in two volumes and, in 1955, Ernst Bloch's main work The Principle of Hope . These authors were representative of the generation of German-Jewish intellectuals who were expelled during the Second World War and who found a new place of publication here like in no other house.

Many of the writers who Suhrkamp took up in these areas are now classics of 20th century theory in their particular field. Alexander Mitscherlich , Georg Simmel , Peter Szondi , Leo Löwenthal and Siegfried Kracauer stand for the variety of theoretical points of view and scientific disciplines . The openness of the program can be seen in the different directions that the publisher records. In addition to pragmatism, represented by Charles Sanders Peirce , George Herbert Mead and John Dewey , among others , the directions of analytical philosophy, neopragmatism and normative theory can be found in the directory. The French theory is characterized by classical structuralism ( Claude Lévi-Strauss ) as well as important figures of neo- and post-structuralism ( Roland Barthes , Jacques Derrida ), the social sciences ( Pierre Bourdieu , Émile Durkheim ), history and the history of science ( Fernand Braudel , Georges Duby ) and anthropology ( George Devereux , Michel Leiris ).

Book design by Suhrkamp Verlag

Typical title of the edition suhrkamp , designed by Willy Fleckhaus (1963)

The design quality of the books was a major concern of the publishing house from the beginning, which set new standards in the design of its works. In 1959 Unseld met the graphic designer Willy Fleckhaus , and in the same year the library Suhrkamp appeared with a title layout designed by Fleckhaus . A special feature of the cover was the simplicity in color, shape and font, with a horizontal strip dividing the title area into a square and rectangle, which remained the same for all volumes. Fleckhaus was also responsible for the spectral-colored covers for edition suhrkamp . Glossy foil, varnish or advertising were not used here, only the author's name, title and publisher's abbreviation appeared on the cover. The author's name and title were separated by a line, and each of the 48 volumes, published annually, bore a rainbow color, which simultaneously demonstrated the diversity and unity of the series. The title design of the Insel paperback books and the typography of the Suhrkamp book series came from Fleckhaus. It was not until 2004 that the publishing house management decided to change the typography and design of the edition suhrkamp and Suhrkamp Taschenbuch series .

Since 2008 edition suhrkamp and suhrkamp taschenbuchwissenschaft have been printing and delivering order-related books on demand when reprints are unlikely to be worthwhile.

"Suhrkamp Culture"

The literary scholar and Suhrkamp author George Steiner coined the term “Suhrkamp-Kultur” (suhrkamp culture) in 1973 . Speaking at a meeting of the collected writings of Theodor W. Adorno in the Times Literary Supplement wrote that Suhrkamp culture have

“In our day it is the literary and intellectual leading class in Germany that defines it. Completely on its own, thanks to its cultural-political vision and its publishing acumen, Suhrkamp Verlag has created a benchmark for modern philosophy. Insofar as the Suhrkamp Verlag has made the most important, challenging philosophical voices of our epoch accessible to a broad audience, insofar as it has filled the German bookshelves with the presence of that German-Jewish intellectual stimulating force that Nazism wanted to eradicate, was and is its initiative a lasting merit. "

Unseld immediately picked up the name and used it from then on in his publisher's public relations work. There was a general consensus that the publisher succeeded in shaping the intellectual life of West Germany in a profound way. The edition suhrkamp series, founded in 1963 , in which the great intellectuals of the time had their say, stands for this rank .

Suhrkamp archive and archive of the Suhrkamp publishing group

The extensive and unique archives include manuscripts and correspondence from authors such as Theodor Adorno , Ingeborg Bachmann , Bertolt Brecht , Paul Celan , Peter Handke and Martin Walser, as well as the books that have appeared since the publisher was founded.

About 250,000 sheets of the Suhrkamp archive have been managed by the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main on the Westend campus since 2002 , including author correspondence, proofs, production documents and reviews up to 1959. The Peter Suhrkamp Foundation provided the legacy of its namesake for the Peter archive Suhrkamp Foundation at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University . Disordered material should be used for editions and exhibitions to create accessible sources. The university wanted to integrate the archive into a new central archive. The City of Frankfurt am Main and the State of Hesse supported the Goethe University in their efforts to ensure that the holdings in Frankfurt am Main.

In 2009, all of the Suhrkamp archives were sold to the German Literature Archive in Marbach , where they are indexed and researched under the name Siegfried Unseld Archive (SUA). Joachim Unseld tried in vain to overturn this equally unsettled decision before his final Suhrkamp withdrawal: “It should be moved without a resolution, it should be sold without a resolution.” Suhrkamp managing director Thomas Sparr then “didn't really want to say anything more to Mr. Unseld ".

In September 2010, the entire remaining in-house book inventory of Suhrkamp-Verlag in Frankfurt's Lindenstrasse was sold to the book dispatcher Zweiausendeins , which sold the titles through its stores.

The publishing series

Library Suhrkamp

Spines of volumes from the Suhrkamp library on a bookshelf

The Suhrkamp library is a library of modern classics, with a backlist of 1,300 titles. The most important national and international authors of the last century have been represented here since 1951, for example Ingeborg Bachmann , TS Eliot , Carlo Emilio Gadda , Jean-Paul Sartre , Federico García Lorca , André Gide , Ernest Hemingway , Paul Valéry , Yasushi Inoue , James Joyce , Franz Kafka , Wladimir Majakowski or Thomas Mann . From 1951 to 1959 six titles appeared annually within the series, after Suhrkamp's death several volumes were presented at once every month. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary in 1989, Siegfried Unseld published a bibliography of the first 1000 volumes and a reader, which he introduced with a short history of the Suhrkamp library . Since September 2000, six volumes have been delivered twice a year, in spring and autumn.

edition suhrkamp

The aim of edition suhrkamp (“it”) was from the start to open up to literary experiments and to be a gathering point for the national and international avant-garde . Theories should also be published and critically questioned here. Volume one of edition suhrkamp was Bertolt Brecht's play Leben des Galilei in 1963 , since then mainly first editions have appeared. In the 1960s and 1970s, for example, works by Samuel Beckett, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Peter Handke, Alexander Kluge , Peter Weiss and Ludwig Wittgenstein were published. Although the inexpensive paperbacks were initially a loss from an economic point of view, the associated reputation was far more difficult. Other editions such as the Hesse and Brecht editions, on the other hand, proved to be long-lasting bestsellers  - called longsellers in the book trade - with which Unseld was able to counter-finance its prestige and affairs of the heart.

In 1973 the series had already published 594 individual titles, with a total print run of 13.5 million copies. In 2007 it had a backlist of 2,100 titles and four first editions (literature and essays ) appear on it every month .

Suhrkamp paperback

The suhrkamp taschenbücher ( st ) have been published since 1971 , where not only first publications but also successful Suhrkamp titles are published. The paperback series, in which over 3,100 titles have been published to date, started with Beckett's Waiting for Godot . Frisch's Homo faber and Andorra achieved the highest editions , followed by Hesse's Steppenwolf and Siddhartha . Within the series there was also the Fantastic Library with around 360 specially numbered volumes, edited from 1976 to 1998 by Franz Rottensteiner . It was here that important authors from the field of fantasy and science fiction were often made accessible to the German market for the first time, such as Stanisław Lem , James Graham Ballard , Cordwainer Smith , HP Lovecraft , Jonathan Carroll and the Strugazki brothers . German authors were also published here, such as Günter Braun and Johanna Braun , Herbert W. Franke and Marcus Hammerschmitt . In May 1996, the sub-series Novels of the Century was opened, in which the "best of the best" should appear, such as Ulysses by James Joyce or Franz Kafka's fragment of the novel Das Schloss .

suhrkamp pocket book science

The series suhrkamp taschenbuchwissenschaft (around 1,360 titles published so far) was launched in 1973 and thematically depicts the humanities focus of the publishing program. In addition to philosophical works, theories on sociology , science studies , linguistics , semiotics , psychology , law and cultural history are presented. While some volumes take up central works of the scientific program, the majority presents first editions. The main aim of the series is to present a discussion forum for a broad spectrum of theoretical approaches in which different and competing models are presented. In addition to contemporary authors and theorists of the 20th century, classics are also published here, such as Hegel's complete works in 20 volumes.

edition unseld

The edition unseld series , which is dedicated to the dialogue between the natural sciences and the humanities, started in spring 2008 with eight titles and authors such as Wolf Singer , Josef H. Reichholf and Durs Grünbein . In the series up to 2016, six paperbacks were published every six months at a price of ten to fourteen euros each, with a maximum of 160 pages in up to 10,000 copies. The program manager is Hans-Joachim Simm, who is also responsible for the World Religions series that began in 2007 . Since May 2008 unseld lectures have been published at the University of Tübingen .

film edition suhrkamp

The first program of filmedition suhrkamp appeared in 2009. Cooperation partner is the Berlin film publisher absolut Medien , which publishes editions of classics, literary adaptations and portraits of artists and thinkers. The new series offers films by, with and about Samuel Beckett , Thomas Bernhard , Pierre Bourdieu , Thomas Brasch , Bertolt Brecht , Jacques Derrida , Marguerite Duras , Max Frisch , Peter Handke , Ödön von Horváth , Uwe Johnson , Alexander Kluge , Robert Walser , Peter Weiss and others. In addition to classic stagings and films, portraits and interviews with philosophers and scientists are also published. Extensive booklets complement the DVDs .


"Suhrkamp Verlag does not publish books, but authors."

- Siegfried Unseld

Known employees

See also


  • Rolf Tiedemann : The accounting. Walter Benjamin and his publisher. Kellner, Hamburg o. J. (1989), 37 p., With attached documents; Meeting:.
  • 40 years of Suhrkamp Verlag. 4 volumes. Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1990.
    • The fifties. A Suhrkamp reading book. 269 ​​pages.
    • The sixties. A Suhrkamp reading book. 341 pages.
    • The seventies. A Suhrkamp reading book. 389 pages.
    • The eighties. A Suhrkamp reading book. 438 pages.
  • History of Suhrkamp Verlag July 1, 1950 to June 30, 1990. Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1990, ISBN 3-518-09780-6 .
  • Suhrkamp Verlag: The history of Suhrkamp Verlag from July 1, 1950 to June 30, 2000 . Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2000, ISBN 3-518-41162-4 .
  • The bibliography of the Suhrkamp Verlag 1950–2000 . Edited by Wolfgang Jeske. With a foreword by Siegfried Unseld. Editing: Sabine Enders, Karin Flörchinger, Wolfgang Jeske, Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2002, 845 pages, ISBN 978-3-518-41164-3 .
  • Rainer Gerlach : The importance of the Suhrkamp publishing house for the work of Peter Weiss . (= Art and Society. Studies on Culture in the 20th and 21st Century , Volume 1.) Röhrig Universitätsverlag, St. Ingbert 2005, 398 pages, ISBN 978-3-86110-375-2 , limited preview in the Google book search .
  • Theo Breuer : Wind of the World - Poetry by Suhrkamp . In: From the hinterland. Poetry after 2000 , Edition YE, Sistig / Eifel 2005, pp. 249–259.
  • Regina Bucher and Wolfgang Schopf (eds.): “In the service of the common cause”: Hermann Hesse and the Suhrkamp Verlag. Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2006, 204 pages, ISBN 3-518-45784-5 .
  • Siegfried Unseld : Chronicle: Volume 1: 1970. With the Chronicle Book Fair 1967, Book Fair 1968 and the Chronicle of a Conflict: With the Chronicle of a Book Fair 1967 / Book Fair 1968 and the Chronicle of a Conflict 1968 , Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main.
  • Walter Boehlich , Karlheinz Braun , Klaus Reichert , Peter Urban , Urs Widmer : Chronicle of the lecturers. From Suhrkamp to the publishing house of the authors . Verlag der Authors , Frankfurt am Main 2011, 216 pages, ISBN 978-3-88661-345-8 .
  • Tobias Amslinger , Marja-Christine Grüne, Anke Jaspers: Myth and Magazine. The Siegfried Unseld Archive as a literary research subject. In: Literatur - Verlag - Archiv , Irmgard M. Wirtz, Ulrich Weber and Magnus Wieland (eds.), Wallstein, Göttingen 2015, ISBN 978-3-8353-1644-7 ; Chronos, Zurich 2015, ISBN 978-3-0340-1285-0 , table of contents and introduction.
  • Main topic: Suhrkamp cultures. Publishing practices from a literary perspective. In: International Archives for the Social History of German Literature (IASL) 2018, Volume 43, Issue 1, ISSN  0340-4528 , pp. 90-198, table of contents.
  • Tobias Amslinger, Katharina Einert, Anke Jaspers, Claudia Michalski and Morten Paul: Editorial , in: IASL , 2018, pp. 90-107, online , doi : 10.1515 / iasl-2018-0005 .
  • Berthold Petzinna: The Suhrkamp Verlag: Siegfried Unseld and the "60s". Elements of a success story . In: Sabine Koloch (Hrsg.): 1968 in German literary studies / topic group “The 68ers: Topics, Theses, Theories” ( archive / special editions) (2020).


  • The myth of Suhrkamp - the republic, its debates, its publisher. Documentary in 2 parts of 37:15 min., Germany, 2019, script and direction: Siegfried Ressel , production: a + r film, 3sat , ZDF , first broadcasts: August 31 and September 7, 2019 on 3sat, summary by ARD , online video available until November 28, 2019.

Web links

Commons : Suhrkamp  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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    2012, 148 employees were employed. In: Hoppenstedt Company profiles: Suhrkamp Verlag GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft , as of April 28, 2013.
  2. a b Felix Balda: Sales of the Suhrkamp Verlag in the years 2008 to 2018 (in million euros). In: , April 9, 2019, accessed on September 9, 2019.
  3. Ulla Unseld-Berkéwicz: Editorial. In: Verlag der Weltreligionen , accessed on September 9, 2019.
  4. The 100 largest book publishers # 49 Suhrkamp. In: book report , April 2016, p. 41, (PDF; 249 kB).
  5. a b Thomas Steinfeld , Andreas Zielcke: Suhrkamp in Not: Traditions-Verlag files for bankruptcy. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , May 28, 2013.
  6. a b c d cbu / dpa : Suhrkamp: Conversion into a stock corporation is complete. In: Spiegel online , January 21, 2015.
  7. Harold James , Die Deutsche Bank und die “Arisierung” , CH Beck, Munich 2001, ISBN 978-3-406-47192-6 , p. 105 ff., Limited preview in the Google book search.
  8. ^ Jan-Pieter Barbian, Happy Hour or National Socialist Calculus? The "Aryanization" of S. Fischer Verlag 1935–1937 , In: Menora. Yearbook for German-Jewish History 7 (1996), ISSN  0939-5563 , ISBN 3-8257-0030-5 , pp. 61–94.
  9. E.g. Felix Lützkendorf , Carl Haensel and Kurt Pritzkoleit
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  11. a b c Jürgen König: Dispute in the publishing house Suhrkamp. In: Deutschlandfunk , series: Background , February 12, 2013.
  12. Herbert Heckmann , Bernhard Zeller (ed.), Hermann Kasack zu Ehren , Wallstein, Göttingen 1996, ISBN 9783892442172 , p. 52 f., Limited preview in the Google book search.
  13. Suhrkamp 2000, ISBN 3-518-41162-4 , page 27.
  14. Suhrkamp 2000, page 40
  15. Data on Rudolf Rach in: Raimund Siegfried, Martin Huber, Julia Ketterer (eds.), Der Briefwechsel. Thomas Bernhard / Siegfried Unseld , Suhrkamp Verlag, 2010, ISBN 978-3-518-73150-5 , limited preview in the Google book search.
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  17. Suhrkamp 2000, page 50
  18. Suhrkamp 2000, page 227
  19. Suhrkamp 2000, page 195
  20. Suhrkamp 2000, page 331
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  23. Uwe Wittstock : Claus Grossner never paid for Suhrkamp. In: Die Welt , May 21, 2007.
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  26. ^ Ulrich Greiner : Publishing: All sorts of partners. In: Die Zeit , November 16, 2006, No. 47.
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  29. ^ Ijoma Mangold : Dispute about Suhrkamp. The bang. In: Die Zeit , December 13, 2012, No. 51.
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  32. Combat culture: About the lost unity of money and thoughts in the Suhrkamp house. In: Frankfurter Rundschau , November 28, 2006, beginning of the article.
  33. Reference to the above-mentioned article in the Feuilleton-Rundschau from Spiegel online under “Frankfurter Rundschau, November 28, 2006”.
  34. Paul Ingendaay : Michi Strausfeld leaves Suhrkamp. Another separation. In: FAZ , January 17, 2008.
  35. Bernd Graff: "An evil woman!" ( Memento from April 21, 2013 in the Internet Archive ). In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , November 21, 2008, interview with Marcel Reich-Ranicki.
  36. sha / dpa : Adolf Muschg leaves Suhrkamp-Verlag. In: Spiegel Online , February 9, 2009.
  37. ^ Felicitas von Lovenberg : Katharina Hacker and Suhrkamp: Chronicle of a Zerrüttung. In: FAZ , November 14, 2009, interview with Katharina Hacker.
  38. Marius Meller: Suhrkamp opens a representative office in Berlin. In: Tagesspiegel , February 25, 2006.
  39. ^ Eckhard Fuhr : Suhrkamp in Berlin. In: Die Welt , February 25, 2006.
  40. Suhrkamp-Verlag moves to Berlin. In: Zeit online , February 6, 2009.
  41. Hermann Rudolph : It works without Suhrkamp. In: Der Tagesspiegel , July 19, 2011.
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  43. Gerrit Bartels: The Suhrkamp Verlag has arrived in Berlin a second time. In: Der Tagesspiegel. August 25, 2019. Retrieved August 26, 2019 .
  44. a b Joachim Güntner: The farce after the tragedy? In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung , December 7, 2012.
  45. a b Sandra Kegel : Suhrkamp court case: Like an escape in chains. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , December 5, 2012.
  46. sha / dpa : the court dismissed Berkéwicz as head of the publishing house. In: Spiegel online , December 10, 2012.
  47. sha / dpa : verdict on profit distribution: Hans Barlach receives 2.2 million euros from Suhrkamp. In: Spiegel Online , March 20, 2013.
  48. Richard Kämmerlings : Suhrkamp's Villa for Power. In: Die Welt , August 27, 2014.
  49. sha: Barlach versus Berkéwicz: lawsuits for the exclusion of the Suhrkamp shareholders rejected. In: Spiegel online , November 13, 2013.
  50. Harald Jähner : New episode in the Suhrkamp soap. ( Memento from March 12, 2016 in the Internet Archive ). In: Berliner Zeitung , November 13, 2013.
  51. Sandra Kegel : Mediator: Naumann mediates in the Suhrkamp conflict. In: FAZ , December 17, 2012.
  52. Thomas Tuma , Claudia Voigt: "A white knight". In: Der Spiegel , February 9, 2013, No. 7, conversation with Hans Barlach.
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  54. Andreas Zielcke: When separation is the only solution. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , February 13, 2013.
  55. a b Sven Clausen, Uwe Müller: Suhrkamp-Insolvenz: What happens if Ulla Berkéwicz's plan works? In: Die Welt , August 18, 2013.
  56. Sobering details. In: Börsenblatt , August 19, 2013.
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  58. Christoph Schmitz: Correct way to save the Suhrkamp publishing house. Publisher and publicist on the protective shield procedure applied for. In: Deutschlandfunk , May 28, 2013, interview with Michael Naumann .
  59. ^ Dpa : Decision on the exclusion of the Suhrkamp owners in November. In: The West , September 25, 2013.
  60. Suhrkamp quarrels: Barlach initially wants to forego the distribution of millions. In: Spiegel online , June 20, 2013.
  61. ^ Uwe Wittstock , Jobst-Ulrich Brand: Focussed. Poker for Suhrkamp. In: Focus , June 10, 2013, No. 24.
  62. ^ Richard Kämmerlings : Suhrkamps chess game. In: Die Welt , July 22, 2013.
  63. Bodo Mrozek : New defeats for Hans Barlach. In: Die Zeit , 8 August 2013, No. 8.
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  65. Sven Clausen, Uwe Müller: Insolvency proceedings against Suhrkamp opened. In: Die Welt , August 7, 2013.
  66. a b Joachim Güntner: An eminent coup. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung , May 30, 2013.
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  68. Press release: Frankfurt Regional Court extends the preliminary injunction against the Suhrkamp Family Foundation and imposes a fine of € 250,000. In: Regional Court Frankfurt , August 13, 2013.
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  70. Andreas Zielcke: Grossly flawed - The careless justification of the Frankfurt Suhrkamp judgment. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , August 31, 2013, page 17, beginning of the article.
  71. dpa , tis: Suhrkamp becomes a stock corporation. In: Zeit online , September 4, 2013.
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  73. Andreas Zielcke: Enemies who want to know exactly. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , September 10, 2013.
  74. Rehabilitated. Suhrkamp: Family foundation may agree to conversion. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , October 4, 2013, page 11, beginning of the article.
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  76. sha: Investor search: Burda denies interest in Suhrkamp. In: Spiegel online , May 29, 2013.
  77. Tim Ackermann: White Knight Wella: Will Shampoo Billionaires Save Suhrkamp-Verlag? In: Die Welt , June 3, 2013.
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    “Suhrkamp gave us the rest!” The sender sounded full-bodied on Wednesday. In the best Manufactum announcement prose there are raved about “orphaned new publications”, “lonely books from the archive” and “homeless titles from the hand warehouse” are sung about. [...] You can of course do it that way. Have it cleared out and put the whole thing in a second use at the commercial flea market. You don't know what to admire more, the chutzpah from Suhrkamp or the one-euro store marketing from two thousand and one, which culminates in the sentence: “Most of them, however, are simply hardly used or not used at all books from 60 years of Suhrkamp publishing history who need a new home. "
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