Monika Schoeller died after a short illness on October 17, 2019 in Filderstadt near Stuttgart at the age of 80 years. She was a shareholder of the international Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, publisher of the S. Fischer publishing house in Frankfurt am Main and founder of the S. Fischer Foundation in Berlin.
Many reacted with dismay to the news of Schoeller's death. "A terrible loss," wrote the journalist Carolin Emcke on Twitter. "There are many good publishers, she, the quiet one, was the best," wrote journalist Nils Minkmar. Schoeller's brother, the publisher Stefan von Holtzbrinck said: "My sister was always open-minded to new developments and changes and was able to differentiate the essentials from the fashion - she was concerned with the detail, if it contained the basics , Decency and patience, but above all those who we had to learn so bitterly and painstakingly in recent German history and have to learn again and again: tolerance and compassion, the will to freedom and justice. "
The Diaries of Thomas Mann, the "Black Series"
Monika Schoeller was born on 15 September 1939 in Stuttgart. The daughter of the publisher Georg von Holtzbrinck studied in Munich, Vienna, Paris, London languages and in Zurich art history and German studies. She learned the publishing trade among others at the publishing house Artemis & Winkler. In 1974 she became publisher of the S. Fischer publishing house in Frankfurt am Main. At the end of 2002, Monika Schoeller retired from operational work, but remained a publisher and member of the management until her death. Under the direction of Monika Schoeller the S. Fischer publishing house brought out numerous large editions, for example the publication of Thomas Mann's diaries starting from 1977 or the large annotated Frankfurter edition (GKFA) of the works of Thomas Mann in the year 2002 spectacularly. Further work expenditure appeared, Thus, by Ilse Aichinger, Sigmund Freud, Carl Zuckmayer, Arthur Schnitzler, Alfred Kerr, Heinrich Mann, Franz Kafka and Hubert Fichte, she also initiated in 1977 the "Black Series", the most extensive series of books on National Socialism worldwide and the far-sighted series "Die Frau in society "and" Fischer Alternative ".
Together with Stefan von Holtzbrinck, she was a shareholder in the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, which includes publishers such as DIE ZEIT, Nature, Macmillan and, alongside Fischer, the German publishers Rowohlt, Kiepenheuer & Witsch and Droemer Knaur.
The S. Fischer Foundation was founded in 2003 as a private foundation by Monika Schoeller. The foundation is dedicated to cultural, especially literary exchange. Since 2003, the S. Fischer Foundation has been supporting translations of German-language contemporary literature in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, Poland and Turkey. In 2008, she initiated the European network for literature and books TRADUKI. In 2012, the S. Fischer Foundation founded "Debates on Europe" together with the German Academy of Language and Literature.
For her commitment Monika Schoeller received numerous awards, including the Federal Cross of Merit, the Goethe badge of the city of Frankfurt and the Maecenas honors of the working group of independent cultural institutes.