Hein Kohn founded the Boekenvrienden Solidariteit, a book club and publishing house, in Hilversum in 1933. The name was changed to Het Nederlandsche Boekengilde in 1936. Kohn published Dutch translations of works by German authors in exile, partly in cooperation with the publishing houses Querido and Meulenhoff, also in the Netherlands.
Kohn had earlier published the gay love letters of SA-leader Ernst Röhm in 1932. After, he had become a special target for persecution by the Nazi regime, forcing his immigration to the Netherlands. He remained in Hilversum even during the occupation of the Netherlands, in which the Boekenvrienden was banned. In 1942, Kohn started working for the illegal publisher De Bezige Bij. After the war, he founded a new book club, the Genootschap voor Boekenvrienden.
See also: Querido Verlag
Fischer, Ernst. Verleger, Buchhändler und Antiquare aus Deutschland und Oesterreich in der Emigration nach 1933. Stuttgart: Verband Deutscher Antiquare, 2011.
Palmier, Jean-Michel. Weimar in Exile: The Antifascist Emigration in Europe and America. London: Verso, 2006.
Schmidinger, Veit J., and Wilfried F. Schoeller. Transit Amsterdam: Deutsche Künstler im Exil 1933-1945. München: Ein Verlag der Buch&media GmbH, 2007.
- Location: Hilversum
- Period: 1933-1940
- Publisher(s): Hein Kohn (March 25, 1907, Augsburg - October 1, 1979, Hilversum)
- Main Focus: Dutch translations of German exiles
- Author(s): Bertolt Brecht, Lion Feuchtwanger, Leonhard Frank, E.E. Kisch, Thomas Mann, Theodor Plivier, Ernst Toller
- Number of Titles Published: unknown