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Karl Ullstein, Famed Publisher, Dead; Fled Nazis; Became U.S. Citizen

Karl Ullstein, the former co-owner and general manager of the famed German Ullstein publishing house, died here last night at the age of 71. His family was forced to surrender the ownership of a large firm which had four daily newspapers and a number of weekly and monthly magazines when the Nazis came to power but regained ownership after the Second World War.

A grandson of Leopold Ullstein, the founder of the publishing house, Karl was a junior executive with the firm when the Nazis took over the business because the owners were Jewish. In 1934 he left with his wife and children for Switzerland and four years later emigrated to the United States where he eventually became an American citizen.

He returned to Germany after the war, where, together with his uncle Rudolf, he successfully fought for the recovery of the business and became its general manager. He retired from the firm in 1960.