Deniz Yusel resigns as registrar despite narrowly re-elected – “bourgeois and busy over seventy”
After internal disagreements, the PEN Writers Association tentatively confirmed Deniz Yucel as president. However, the vote is very close. After the riots and the cancellation of a comrade-in-arms selection, Yucel resigned angrily: “I don’t want to be head of this union position.”
WELT writer Deniz Yucel has resigned as president of the German PEN Center after internal disagreements. At the same time he announced his departure from the Writers Association.
Previously, the PEN had just confirmed its assumption of office: out of 161 valid votes, 75 voted against the president’s impeachment at the PEN general meeting in Göta on Friday. The result was very close: 73 members voted in favor of his dismissal. The current executive committee, chaired by 48-year-old Yossel, was elected only last October.
Even after the motion to remove Yucel from the vote failed, there was no conciliatory tone in the plenum. On the contrary: the obnoxious tones, shouts and verbal attacks continued.
After one of Yucel’s most important comrades-in-arms, Joachim Helfer, was happily elected to the PEN board of directors, but General Secretary Heinrich Böckmann was confirmed by a much larger majority than Yucel, Yucel had sufficed. “I don’t want to be the boss of this common sausage” announce He resigned from his position. Writer Jana Hensel wrote aboutTwitter‘Then Yucel’s opponents would cheer. Then he made it clear that ‘this true bond’ was no longer worthy of the history of the pen.
repeat later”TwitterHis appointment to PEN as ‘Bratwurstbude’, as a figurehead is not available to him. Beckmann was Secretary-General who was ‘out of the question in every respect’, and it was clear to all that the two could not work together. ‘The majority do not want our attempts to divert German PEN to a modern NGO and restore its ancient importance as an intellectual association in a contemporary form.
He stressed that the pen is “dominated by petty people and people over the age of 70 who need their membership as proof of their belonging to the journalistic or literary elite.” The majority decided: “Okay. Goodbye, pen. Nice to see you. But there are more important things.”
There were heated debates in the upper echelons of the pen, among others about Yugel’s strong position on the subject of the Ukraine war, tone of conversation, and personal injuries. The motion lodged in Gotha against the President of the PEN was new in the recent history of the Association. The general meeting had already begun in the morning with reprimands, reprimands, and mutual insults. Yells of boos and insults were directed at Yugel.
Mutual threats of criminal charges and cease-and-desist announcements have overshadowed the sometimes emotional debate. By the afternoon, the dispute had already led to a delay of an hour in the planned course of the conference. The Assembly appears to be divided into two irreconcilable camps – one that wants to depose Yucel at all costs and the other that values Yucel as chief.
“I don’t need it – take it or leave it PEN”
“I don’t need it—take it or leave the pen,” Yossel later said. Despite the quarrels, he sees the pen in good standing. The growing interest of the public speaks about this as well.
It’s not about an intergenerational conflict, said Yugel, who publicly stated in Göta that he struggled with depression at the beginning of the year.
According to Germany’s PEN Center, it has 770 members and is one of more than 140 writers’ federations worldwide united in the international PEN.