Independent Historical Commission

The IHC under the direction of Prof. Saul Friedlander presents its final report on the role of Bertelsmann in the Third Reich.

In October 2002, after more than three years of work, the Independent Historical Commission (IHC) presents its report “Bertelsmann in the Third Reich.” It is tasked with investigating C. Bertelsmann Verlag’s history during the years from 1921 to 1951. Chaired by Prof. Saul Friedlander, the Commission further consists of the academics Prof. Norbert Frei, Prof. Trutz Rendtorff and Prof. Reinhard Wittmann. They compile files from more than 50 archives to supplement the meager archives [that survived] from this period. Two dozen eyewitness interviews are conducted. The 800-page report is published by C. Bertelsmann Verlag, making it accessible for a wide audience. The IHC’s files and documentation serve as the basis for Bertelsmann's corporate archives, established in 2003.