Edinburgh (Jun. 19)
The issue between Germany and the PEN Club was discussed by H. G. Wells in his presidential address at the opening yesterday afternoon of the organization’s twelfth international congress, attended by more than 400 writers representing thirty-six countries.
The Berlin branch of PEN, he declared, had expelled writers because they were Jews, communists or pacifists. As a result, he pointed out, either PEN had to abandon all pretensions to catholicity or break with Berlin.
Establishment of a temporary club for exiled German writers either at London or Paris was anticipated by the noted English author. He expressed the hope, however, that there would soon be opportunity to reestablish the club in Germany on such a basis that all shades of German thought could be represented.