German P.E.N. Center protests the cancellation of support given
to the german speaking internet magazine haGalil
occassion of its annual assembly the German P.E.N. Center protests the
cancellation of support given to the german speaking internet magazine haGalil.
The association of writers requests the state-office responsible for actions to
counter nazism, antisemitism and hate speech (federal ministry for family,
seniors, women and youth) to immediately revoke its refusal to support this
important educational tool on judaism and jewish life in german language.
The German P.E.N. Center is part of the international association of writers
organized. Founded in England in the early 1920s as a literary circle of
friends, P.E.N. has spread to many countries around the globe and has long
established itself as a voice speaking out for persecuted and suppressed writers
and as a defender of the right to freedom of speech.The Charter of International
P.E.N. is based on resolutions adopted at international congresses. Though its
wording may have taken on a little patina, in substance, it has lost none of its
Membership in the organization is restricted to those representatives of the
profession who, on the basis of outstanding literary achievement, have been
invited to join any of the existing national P.E.N. Centers and who, with their
signature to the Charter, attest to the principles of P.E.N. Anyone interested
in becoming a friend and sponsor of P.E.N. however, is welcome to do so.
The history of P.E.N. has not remained untouched by the political and social
developments of the 20th century. Yet its members have always remembered that,
beyond all national and ideological differences, a major task of their club has
been and should be to offer a forum for free discussions on questions of
literature and culture in general as well as on the chances and challenges
inherent in any historical situation.
P.E.N. is independent of party politics and ideological camps and transcends the
political trends of the day. And yet, in a more general meaning of the term, it
is far from unpolitical, in as much as its binding principles do have political
implications as well.
The P.E.N. Centre Germany is going to host the International
P.E.N. World Congress in Berlin from the 20th to the 28th May 2006. Writers from
all over the world are being invited and will be coming to the German capital on
this occasion. The overarching topic at the Congress is to address the role of
literature in a world without peace. Three major evening events are planned
including a Long Night of Literature with renowned authors. A further event is
dedicated to African literature.
P.E.N. Centre Germany looks forward to welcoming around 400 guests in Berlin.
Preparations regarding technical issues and contents have already made
German PEN Writers in Exile: During the 1930s and 40s thousands
of intellectuals, writers and journalists opposed to or targeted by the Nazi
regime, had to flee their native lands coming under the rule of the National
Socialists and to seek refuge in foreign countries. With the help of
International PEN, a number of national PEN Centers and numerous individuals
worldwide, the German PEN Center in Exile, London, founded in 1934, was able to
assist hundreds of them to escape and settle elsewhere.
Weiterer Appell an das zuständige Bundesministerium (BMFSFJ:
P.E.N.-Zentrum Deutschland fordert die
Unterstützung von haGalil umgehend wieder aufzunehmen
Auf seiner diesjährigen Mitgliedervollversammlung hat das
P.E.N.-Zentrum Deutschland auf Antrag des Präsidiums folgende Resolution
einstimmig, bei einer Enthaltung, angenommen: "Das P.E.N.-Zentrum Deutschland
protestiert gegen die Streichung der Fördermittel für das Internetmagazin
haGalil und fordert das zuständige Ministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und
Jugend auf, die Förderung dieses wichtigen Informationsdienstes über jüdisches
Leben in Deutschland umgehend wieder aufzunehmen".