Max Tau

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Max Tau
Max Tau Emil Stumpp.jpg
Max Tau, the lithograph by Emil Stumpp, 1929
Born(1897-01-19)19 January 1897
Died13 March 1976(1976-03-13) (aged 79)
Oslo, Norway
NationalityNorwegian and German
Alma materUniversity of Kiel
OccupationPublisher and writer
Years active1928-1976
EmployerGrundt Tanum, Aschehoug
Known forBuilding cultural relations between Norway and Germany
Spouse(s)Tove Filseth
Parent(s)Nathan Tau (1870–1941) and Julie Julius (1874–1942

Max Tau was a German-Norwegian writer, editor, and publisher.

Tau grew up in an environment characterized by what he later termed the "Jewish-German" symbiosis, in a Jewish household heavily influenced by the Jewish enlightenment. He studied literature, art history, philosophy, and psychology at universities in Berlin, Hamburg, and Kiel. He earned his doctorate at the University of Kiel, defending a dissertation on the German writer Theodor Fontane. Tau emigrated to Norway and during the Nazi-German occupation of Norway, he was a refugee in Sweden and returned to Norway after the war. He was noted for his contribution to promoting literary exchange between Germany and Norway, especially in the context of reconciliation after World War II.[1]



  1. ^ Lorenz, Einhart (2000). "Max Tau". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). 2. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 21 April 2009.