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Ernst Gottlieb and Felix Guggenheim founded the Pazifische Presse in Los Angeles in 1942. They produced eleven books before its closure in 1948, including works by Alfred Döblin, Lion Feuchtwanger, Thomas Mann and Franz Werfel. They produced special bibliophile editions, printed in small runs of a few hundred copies. They were committed to the promotion of the 'eminent cultural force' that had been expelled by Hitler.

Gottlieb had begun his publishing career as a student in Munich. Guggenheim had initially worked as a banker before entering the publishing industry as director of the Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaft. They both left Germany around 1938 and ended up in Los Angeles. Gottlieb also worked as a photographer, including as the portraitist of Thomas Mann, and as an antiquarian bookseller. Guggenheim was active in émigré political circles and became a literary agent.

See also: Pazifische Presse - Publishing in Exile Exhibition


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Pazifische Presse
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Period: 1942-1948
  • Publisher(s): Felix Guggenheim (June 6, 1904, Konstanz - June 21, 1979, Beverly Hills/CA); Ernst Gottlieb (September 27, 1903, Munich - September 5, 1961, Los Angeles)
  • Main Focus: Exile literature
  • Author(s): Alfred Döblin, Lion Feuchtwanger, Bruno Frank, Leonhard Frank, Thomas Mann, Alfred Neumann, Friedrich Torberg, Franz Werfel
  • Number of Titles Published: 11
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