Spain, Too, Mourns Reinhard Mohn
Extensive media coverage of business leader and philanthropist's death
As in Germany, the death of Reinhard Mohn has received considerable media coverage abroad, especially in Spain. Many of the country’s newspapers, from its major dailies such as El Pais or El Mundo to regional publications like Diario de Ibiza, detailed with great appreciation and respect the life of the German business leader and philanthropist, who died on Oct. 3, 2009, at the age of 88.
Most articles highlight the success of “Círculo de Lectores,” the subscription plan that Mohn established in 1962, thus creating “the basis for the internationalization of the book club concept,” as El Pais put it. Citing a quote from Mohn from 1990, the obituary noted that “reading is a habit that one acquires in childhood and that one does not maintain ‘just like that,’ but through constant practice.”
Several publications also mention Mohn’s having been awarded the Prince of Asturias prize. In 1998, he was given the award for “developing a new type of corporate model in the area of culture and communication as well as in recognition of his promotion of culture and reading.”
In its obituary, El Mundo, the country’s second largest daily, made reference to a quote taken from the website of the German weekly Die Zeit: “With the death of Reinhard Mohn, Germany’s post-war history has come to a close.”
Looking through the electronic book of condolence, which can be accessed through the websites of the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Barcelona-based Fundación Bertelsmann, one finds numerous entries in Spanish.