An ardent Czechoslovak nationalist, Hoffmann was appointed to the diplomatic corps as a cultural attache in Berlin. As the rising Nazi Party became increasingly belligerent, Hoffmann began using his political clout and connections to help German Jews, including Leon Trotsky's son, who he aided in escaping Berlin.
During 1939 he was mobilized on behalf of Max Brod, Franz Kafka's friend and literary executor. Hoffmann was asked to try to rescue Kafka's writings and personal correspondence confiscated by the Gestapo from Kafka's mistress, Dora Diamant. He was unsuccessful, however, and the materials remain lost, pursued still by the Kafka Project at San Diego State University.
His diary from his time as a diplomat, "Politicky Denik", translated as "The Political Diaries of Camill Hoffmann from 1932 to 1939," was recently published in Czech.
- Marritz, Ilya. , “Radio Praha”, Prague, 1 November 2006. retrieved on 10 April 2010
- Diamant, Kathi (2003). Kafka's Last Love, p. 183. Basic Books, New York. ISBN 0-465-01550-6
- "German Literature." https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0007_0_07199.html