1850
Heinrich Bertelsmann

Heinrich Bertelsmann takes over the publishing company, marking its transfer to the second generation.

Shortly before his death, Carl Bertelsmann (1791-1850) transferred the management of the publishing house to his son Heinrich Bertelsmann (1827-1887). Heinrich continued his father's work in all respects – entrepreneurially, religiously and politically. In the spirit of revivalism, the new motto above the entrance to the office building read: “Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Unite my heart to fear your name.” Heinrich Bertelsmann was, however, not only pious, but also a good businessman: He grew the company, ensured a significant increase in print runs, and expanded the publishing program.

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