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Top Postwar German Publisher Dies

March 11, 2002

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BERLIN (AP) _ Marion Doenhoff, who helped shape German postwar journalism as publisher of a leading weekly newspaper and author of best-selling books on her native region of East Prussia, has died, her newspaper said Monday. She was 92.

Her death overnight was announced by Die Zeit, the liberal Hamburg-based weekly she co-published. No cause of death was given.

Doenhoff was born Dec. 2, 1909 to an aristocratic family in East Prussia, a German area that became part of the Soviet Union after World War II. After the Nazis took power in Germany in 1933, she studied in Switzerland but returned to tend the family holdings near Koenigsberg _ now the Russian city of Kalinigrad _ during the war.

As the Red Army approached at the end of the war, she fled westward to Germany on horseback, a seven-week journey she recounted in a 1962 best seller on East Prussia’s people and their history.

As German intellectual life revived after the Nazi era, she joined Die Zeit in 1946.

Keeping her title of countess throughout her professional life, she rose to chief editor in 1968 and switched to co-publisher four years later. She also helped found the German Council on Foreign Relations in 1955.

In ``Civilize Capitalism: Limits of Freedom,″ she warned against what she saw as the dangers of globalization.

At the time of her death, Doenhoff, who was not married, was still co-publisher of Die Zeit, along with others including former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.

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