The Press: Out of the Ashes

Before Adolf Hitler came to power, Berlin's house of Ullstein was the biggest, wealthiest publishing company in Europe. It published Germany's biggest newspaper, the Berliner Morgenpost (circ. 600,000), its biggest illustrated magazine, the famed Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung (circ. 2,000,000), and its most influential weekly, the Grüne Post (circ. 1,000,000). The House of Ullstein also published three other Berlin daily newspapers, two weeklies, ten monthlies and some 2,000,000 books a year. Its headquarters occupied a city block along Berlin's Kochstrasse, and it employed 10,000 workers, made yearly profits of some 20 million Reichsmarks (then $6,200,000) a year.

Leopold Ullstein, a Jewish paper dealer,...

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