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Atrium Verlag AG

The publishing house Atrium Verlag was established in 1928 under the name of Williams & Co. Verlag. The forerunner of the publishing house was a literary agency founded by Edith Jacobsohn and two of her friends in 1924. By 1925, Edith Jacobsohn had already bought the German rights to two works which are absolute classics today and naturally in the programme of the publishing house Cecilie Dressler Verlag, which later also emerged from Williams: Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne and The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting. Williams & Co. Verlag rapidly became one of the best-respected and most successful publishers of children’s and young people’s books in Germany. Indeed, it was Edith Jacobsohn who encouraged Erich Kästner to write children’s books for her publishing house. As a Jew, Edith Jacobsohn was forced to flee from the Nazis in 1933, travelling first through Switzerland to reach Vienna and then on to England, where she died in London in 1935. The publisher Kurt Maschler bought Williams & Co. Verlag in 1933. He left its management in the hands of Cecilie Dressler in Berlin and secured the house’s existing publishing rights by founding Atrium Verlag in Zurich. Kurt Maschler, like Edith Jacobsohn a Jew, was also forced to emigrate to England, but left the Atrium headquarters in Zurich. This is why the books of Erich Kästner continue to be published by Cecilie Dressler Verlag, while Atrium Verlag licenses the translation rights.

Main Address: Postfach 658220
Hamburg D-22374 Germany
Phone: 49-(0)40-607909-02
Fax: 49-(0)40-6072326
Updated 7/28/2008

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