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Max Tau
Born 19 January 1897(1897-01-19)
Bytom, in today's Poland, then Beuthen in Ober-Schliesen, Germany
Died 13 March 1976 (aged 79)
Oslo, Norway
Nationality Norwegian and German
Alma mater University of Kiel
Occupation Publisher and writer
Years active 1928-1976
Employer Grundt Tanum, Aschehoug
Known for Building cultural relations between Norway and Germany
Spouse(s) Tove Filseth
Parents Nathan Tau (1870–1941) and Julie Julius (1874–1942

Max Tau was a German-Norwegian writer, editor, and publisher noted for his contribution to promoting literary exchange between Germany and Norway, especially in the context of reconciliation after World War II[1].


Tau grew up in an environment characterized by what he later termed the "Jewish-German" symbiosis, in a Jewish household heavily influenced by the Jewish enlightenment. He studied literature, art history, philosophy, and psychology at universities in Berlin, Hamburg, and Kiel. He earned his doctorate at the University of Kiel, defending a dissertation on the German writer Theodor Fontane.



  1. ^ Lorenz, Einhart (2000). "Niels Chr Ditleff". in Helle, Knut (in Norwegian). Norsk biografisk leksikon. 2. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 21 April 2009.  


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