This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Ilse Koehn (1929–1991)

Author of Mischling, second degree

Includes the names: Koehn Ilse

MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
169284,985 (4.06)00
No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Ilse Koehn was born in Berlin, Germany. She studied graphic design and illustration as the Hochschule fuer Bildende Kuenste in her native city and later worked as a free-lance writer and illustrator for various magazines. She was first-prize winner in a national soap poster contest (the poster was then displayed throughout German) and designed exhibits for industrial fairs.

She came to the United States in 1958 and has worked as art director for both the J. Walter Thompson Co. and the Campbell-Downe Advertising Agency. Ms. Koehn has exhibited her paintings at the Lynn Kottler Galleries and in private collections. Since 1968 she has been a free-lance book illustrator and designer. She now lives in Connecticut with her art-director husband John Van Zwienen and stepdaughter Kyle. [from Mischling Second Degree (1977)]

Ilse was born in Berlin in 1929.   Her parents were Social Democrats and opponents of Hitler.  Because her paternal grandmother was Jewish, she and her father were in potential danger; he was saved by the need for his electrical skills.  Her parents divorced to protect her mother.    Ilse was evacuated along with her classmates to Czechoslovakia, but her father managed to return her to Berlin.  The family reunited after the war.  In 1958, Ilse moved to the United States where she married John Van Zweinen.  They worked as writers, illustrators, and graphic artists, but later divorced.   Ilse died May 8, 1991 of a heart attack.
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (4.06)
3 2
3.5 1
4 9
4.5 3
5 2

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Ilse Koehn is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Ilse Koehn is composed of 2 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 130,214,783 books! | Top bar: Always visible