The Press: The Refugee's Best Friend

Its dingy, fourth-floor Manhattan offices resemble a countinghouse out of Charles Dickens. There is no city room rush, no Teletype staccato. The 27 staffers are mostly elderly women. Yet the weekly German-language Aufbau (Reconstruction) is one of the biggest (circ. 30,129) and most influential foreign-language papers in the U.S. Edited by stocky, effervescent Dr. (of Law) Manfred George, 66, Aufbau is an outstanding example of a paper that has bucked a 50-year-long decline in the U.S. foreign-language press.* This week, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Waldorf dinner, Aufbau can and does trace its success directly to the fact...

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