Founded in 1838, Westermann's imprints include Schroedel, Diesterweg, Schoeningh, Westermann, Winklers, Spectra, Logo, Advesco, Schubi, Dorner, Westermann Wien, Arena Verlag, Ensslin, and Westermann Lernspielverlag.
Medien Union GmbH is a holding company with stakes in several large German regional newspapers, including Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Die Rheinpfalz, and the national daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, as well as in a number of radio stations.
Medien Union, founded in 1947, is the parent company of the regional daily Rheinpfalz, which had been initiated in September 1945 with help from the Allied Forces that occupied Germany after WW II, and has been controlled to the present by the Schaub family (50,4% through Dieter Schaub, son of founder Joseph Schaub), and the families of co-founders Arthur Lenk, Hans Wipprecht, Xaver Resch, and the Nagel family.
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