Who is Andrew Gumbel? That was our immediate first question upon reading TheWrap’s provocative look at some of the less well-known tentacles of Bauer Media, the Hamburg, Germany-based publishing giant that puts out weekly glossies In Touch and Life & Style. Gumbel, the author of the piece, is a veteran British-born LA journalist who worked for London’s The Independent for many years and authored the 2005 book Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America.

He’s zeroed in on some extremely unsavory bits of Bauer media activity. When asked about the following, company spokesperson Claudia Bachhausen had no comment:

A wholly owned Bauer subsidiary publishes Der Landser, a military adventure magazine that specializes in World War II stories sympathetic to Hitler’s armies and that enjoys brisk sales among skinheads and neo-Nazis. The respected German magazine Der Spiegel once described it as “a specialist journal for whitewashing the Wehrmacht”…

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