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International Publishing In The Netherlands

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Some thirty thousand German exiles entered the Netherlands between 1933 and 1940. Cooperation between German exiles and Dutch anti-fascists, led to the founding of two organizations concerned with future life in Germany. Among the Jewish exiles in the Netherlands were scholars, poets, novelists, playwrights and essayists as well as printers, publishers and booksellers. For Querido Verlag and the other exile publishers, the loss of Austria meant an immediate elimination of a very important market. Although the economic outlook is still bleak in 1933, it nevertheless was a starting point for a remarkable development in Dutch international publishing. The programs of long-term players, such as Martinus Nijhoff, Brill, Sijthoff and Noordhoff, expanded with several new initiatives. Despite the Netherlands' glorious typographic history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the quality of book design towards the end of the nineteenth century had declined to a rather pedestrian level.

Keywords: German exiles; international publishing; Martinus Nijhoff; Netherlands; Noordhoff; Querido Verlag



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