Samuel Fischer, Publisher, Dies in Berlin at 75
Menu JTA Search

Samuel Fischer, Publisher, Dies in Berlin at 75

Download PDF for this date

Samuel Fischer, founder and owner of the German publishing house, Verlag Fischer, died here today. He was seventy-five years old.

Mr. Fischer was born in Lipto St. Miklos, Czechoslovakia, on December 24, 1859. In 1881 he came to Berlin and organized his publishing concern. He was regarded as one of the most prominent advocates of modern German writers and published the works of such authors as Gerhardt Hauptmann, Thomas Mann, Bernhard Kellermann, Richard Dehmel, Arthur Schnitzler and Jakob Wassermann.

Verlag Fischer also published all the writings of the murdered German Jewish statesman, Walter Ratbenau.

Mr. Fischer’s firm took the lead in introducing great foreign writers to the German reading public, including Henrik Ibsen, George Bernard Shaw, Count Leo Tolstoy, Emile Zola and Feodor Dostoyevsky.

In addition Verlag Fischer also published two important literary magazines, “Freic Buehne” and “Neue Rundschau.”

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund