Max Tau founded the Neuer Verlag as a subdivision of the Ljus-Verlag in Stockholm in 1944. Tau had editorial independence to publish authors of his choosing. His goal was to publish unknown authors, but his financial situation meant that he was only able to publish established authors like Feuchtwanger, Heinrich Mann and Zweig. The Neuer Verlag was, with Heinemann & Zsolnay in London, the only new German publishing house founded in Europe during World War II. Overlal, the Neuer Verlag published twenty-seven titles.
Tau had first gained publishing experience during his academic studies. From 1928-1936, he was editor-in-chief of the Bruno-Cassirer-Verlag. He immigrated to Norway in December 1938 and fled to Sweden in 1942. He started work as an editor at Ljus-Verlag in 1943.
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