| Axel Springer |
(press tycoon, editor)
Axel Springer (left) & Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek (right) holding the parchment scroll at a cornerstone laying in the Israel museum, 1966.
|Born||2 May 1912|
|Died||22 September 1985 (Age 73)|
|Spouse|| • Martha Else Meyer|
• Erna Frieda Berta Holm
• Rosemarie Alsen
• Helga Ludeweg
• Friede Springer
|Founder of||Axel Springer Publishing House|
|Member of||Atlantik-Brücke, Stauffenberg Service|
Dominated German press landscape with his hard right press empire after getting a very valuable press license in 1946.
Axel Cäsar Springer was a West German publisher, founder in 1946 of what is now Axel Springer SE, the largest media publishing firm in Europe. By the early 1960s his print titles dominated the West German daily press market. His Bild Zeitung became the nation's tabloid.
|Bernd Hamm||“First, the process of concentration in the media has progressed rapidly, both internationally and in Germany. There are only a few corporations left that dominate the media landscape. Secondly, the owners - from Springer to Bertelsmann, Bauer, Burda or Holtzbrinck - all tend towards a politically conservative, business-friendly, socially and ecologically insensitive worldview. Take Bertelsmann, a corporation that makes its money primarily with entertainment, across all media types. At first sight, that just looks like making money - and what is actually being propagated is an extremely conservative, Christian-inspired idea of how society should be. This becomes much clearer, however, in the case of the Bertelsmann Foundation, which has been involved in the forced Americanization of our universities and the business-oriented restructuring of local administrations - rather than for the common good - with great success..That also applies to the low profile giant Holtzbrinck: It has now bought up all the important paperback series (apart from Suhrkamp) (along with numerous newspapers) and immediately discontinued critical series - such as Rororo-Aktuell or Fischer.”||Bernd Hamm|