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Swiss German Centre

Literary call out to protest Iraq War

© Peter K. Wehrli
© Peter K. Wehrli

Literary call out to protest Iraq War

Electronically typed letter from Peter K. Wehrli to members of the Swiss German Centre, Zurich, 23 March 2003, f. 1. In this letter Wehrli, Board member of the Swiss German Centre, calls upon members to respond to the USA’s invasion of Iraq by writing short literary texts that would then be compiled and sent out to media outlets under the title “Rapid Action”. This decision was taken at a general assembly held by the Centre in reaction to accusations from the Swiss Press that the Centre had become “politically abstinent”. This accusation was disproven by the reaction to this call out when dozens of Swiss German Centre members contributed works for the protest.

Literary call out to protest Iraq War

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Protesta literaria contra la Guerra de Irak

Carta mecanuscrita de Peter K. Wehrli a los miembros del Centro Suizo Alemán, Zurich, 23 Marzo 2003, f. 1. En esta carta, Wehli, miembro de la junta del Centro Suizo Alemán, pide a los miembros que respondan a la invasión de Irak por parte de los Estados Unidos escribiendo textos literarios cortos que serian compilados y enviados a los medios de comunicación con el título de «Rapid Action». La acción fue pensada durante una asamblea general del Centro, en reacción a acusaciones por parte de la prensa de que el Centro se había convertido en «políticamente abstinente». Se demostró que la acusación era falsa cuando decenas de miembros del Centro Suizo Alemán decidieron participar a la acción de protesta enviando sus obras.




Peter K. Wehrli


Swiss German Centre  (DeutschSchweizer PEN Zentrum)



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