Leopold Ullstein

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Leopold Ullstein
Leopold Ullstein by Oscar Begas, 1882.jpg
Leopold Ullstein, painted by Oskar Begas in 1882.
Born(1826-09-06)September 6, 1826
DiedDecember 4, 1899(1899-12-04) (aged 73)
NationalityGerman (of Jewish descent)
Known forfounding the Ullstein Verlag

Leopold Ullstein (6 September 1826 – 4 December 1899) was the founder and publisher of several successful German newspapers, including B.Z. am Mittag and Berliner Morgenpost. Many of these are still published today.[1] Ullstein was also the founder of the leading German publishing house Ullstein-Verlag.


Early years[edit]

Leopold Ullstein was born 6 September 1826 in Fürth, Bavaria of ethnic Jewish parents.

Publishing empire[edit]

Death and legacy[edit]

Leopold Ullstein died 4 December 1899. He was 73 years old at the time of his death.

Ullstein's publishing empire was carried on after his death by his five sons, since his five daughters were expected to make good marriages and not involve themselves in business. One of the sons, Hermann Ullstein, emigrated from Nazi Germany in December 1938 and published a history of the Ullstein firm.[2] (This is not generally understood to be a very accurate history however. )

Following the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in 1933, the Ullstein publishing empire was forcibly "Aryanized." In 1934 the firm, valued at 60 million marks, was sold under duress for 6 million marks.[2]


  1. ^ "Out of the Ashes," Time, February 4, 1952.
  2. ^ a b Koppel S. Pinson, "Review of The Rise and Fall of the House of Ullstein by Hermann Ullstein," Jewish Social Studies, vol. 5, no. 3 (July 1943), pg. 321.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hermann Ullstein, The Rise and Fall of the House of Ullstein. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1943.

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