Thursday, 28 October 2010

PEN Trieste mourns for János Benyhe, Secretary General of PEN Hungary

It was with sorrow that today I found on Facebook this communicate:

With a heavy heart I inform you that our sec.gen János Benyhe passed away 23rd October. His sudden death shocked all of us. He was an extraordinary person of huge knowledge, high spirited with a strong sense of humor. He put his heart and soul into PEN, and suffered a lot of our present, hopeless situation. He was a certain "irreproducible" person.

Zsófia Dobozy
Hungarian -PEN

PEN Trieste and the undersigned - who still considers himself a friend of János Benyhe even if he passed away - join the family, the friends and the colleagues of PEN Hungary in their mourning.

I remember having been surprised not having seen him in Tokyo and I regret infinitely not having had an occasion to see him a last time. A loss for his country - let's remember that he has been an Ambassador to Brazil among his many activities - and for PEN International too. I will remember him as a man of rare humanity.

A. Della Rocca


  1. Dear friends and colleagues of PEN Hungary

    The Swiss German PEN centre extends its heartfelt condolences to you all as his friends and companions within PEN and also to the family of Janos Benyhe.

    Some of us have had the the pleasure to get to know, like and estimate Janos at past conferences, and he and his good humour and his good work will be missed !

    Kind regards


    Dominik Riedo
    Swiss German PEN Centre, President

  2. Dear all friends,

    It is really sad to me to know it. I was send to books when i have been in Budapest in last June. My flight delayed and i could not able to meet Him in person. My dear all, i am extending our heartfelt condolences to his dear family and all friends.
    From Mend-Ooyo