International Stefan Heym Prize

The City of Chemnitz is committed to honouring the memory of Stefan Heym and his work. Stefan Heym’s legacy is housed in the Stefan Heym Archive at the University of Cambridge, and it was originally planned to found the International Stefan Heym Society in Cambridge. However, because of the dignified tribute made by the City of Chemnitz to Stefan Heym, the idea was conceived during the award ceremony of founding the International Stefan Heym Society in Chemnitz and making the city its permanent base.

On 18th April 2009 the International Stefan Heym Society was founded during a celebratory event at the City of Chemnitz Town Hall. Guests included partners from Cambridge and Inge Heym, the writer’s widow. 45 interested individuals and organisations joined the Society on that day alone.