Friends and Patrons

Some years ago, a Circle of Friends and Patrons of German PEN was formed joining individuals and organizations from the cultural, political, and economic realms, who advocate the idea of International PEN and would like to support our Center and the work of our Writers in Prison Committee on behalf of imprisoned and threatened writers and journalists. Our Center depends on this very helpful and much appreciated support. Needless to say that the efforts of the Writers in Prison Committee require sizeable financial means. And yet, whatever we attempt in the way of assistance for our harassed colleagues, so much more remains to be done. Membership in the PEN Circle of Friends and Patrons is open to everyone. With their contribution, members help PEN not only to fulfill its many tasks and responsibilities on behalf of persecuted writers and journalists, but also to play a more vital role in the discussion on contemporary literature and culture by intensifying its activities and participation in public events. Friends and Patrons of German PEN attest to their adherence to the principles of PEN by signing the PEN Charter, thereby acquiring all rights of regular PEN members, with the exception of active and passive voting rights. Annual contributions will be exclusively used in line with PEN’s charitable status and are tax-deductible. Membership in the Circle of Friends and Patrons of German PEN may be revoked at the end of each year. You may download the Charter here, sign it and fill in the amount of your contribution:

Charter (pdf document)

PEN-Zentrum Deutschland

Kasinostr. 3, D-64293 Darmstadt

Tel. ++49 (0) 6151 – 23120 or Fax  ++49 (0) 6151 – 293414

E-Mail: info [at] pen-deutschland [dot] de

Donations Account for Writers-in-Prison

Commerzbank Darmstadt

No. 130 808 900

Bank Identification No.: 508 400 05

IBAN DE05 5084 0005 0130 8089 00