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PHOTO: Otto Dov Kulka: Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death (17. 9. 2014)  19/09/14

Otto Dov Kulka was interned at the Terezín ghetto at the age of nine and was later sent to the Auschwitz death camp. Long-ago personal experiences pursue him constantly and after many years return to him as living images and reminiscences of a deep childhood trauma that he has not fully come to terms with to this day. The book Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death is the result of one man’s unique and powerful experiment in searching for a way to understand his past (and our history). This evening with the author on the occasion of the Czech publication of his book was held by the VHL in cooperation with the Torst publishing house and the Israeli Embassy in Prague. More

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VIDEO: Discussion with Barbara Day (10. 9. 2014)  12/09/14

The next in a series of "Talks in English" with colleagues and friends of Václav Havel. Barbara Day has been involved with the Czech theatre since 1965, completing her PhD on the Prague Theatre on the Balustrades at Bristol University in 1985, when she also organised a Czech festival. Theatre connections put her in touch with the “underground university”, with which she worked until 1989 and about which she wrote in her book The Velvet Philosophers. Discussion was chaired by Martin Pšenička, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Theatre Studies of the Faculty of Arts at Charles University and an editor of the Czech Theatre Review. The event was held in cooperation with the project Freedom Express, implemented at the initiative of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. More

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New season in new premises: Ostrovní 13  04/09/14

From September the Václav Havel Library is operating at a new address. It took advantage of the opportunity to move its activities to Ostrovní 13 in Prague 1, to a building formerly used by the Czech Post. The new programme season will today with the evening of historian David Svoboda about Carpathian Ruthenia and the Czech-Ukrainian Conflict. You can find all the September programme here. We are looking forward to see you in our new premises.

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Three nominees for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2014  26/08/14

Three nominees for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2014 were shortlisted at today´s meeting of the Prize selection pannel members in Prague. The finalists are (in alphabetical order): B'Tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights (Israel), Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta) and Anar Mammadli (Azerbaijan). More

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VIDEO: Press conference - nominees for Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2014, 26. 8. 2014  26/08/14

Three nominees for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2014 were shortlisted at the meeting of the Prize selection pannel members in Prague. The finalists are (in alphabetical order): B'Tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights (Israel), Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta) and Anar Mammadli (Azerbaijan). More

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23/09/14 18:00

A year with Magor Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00

On the day Ivan Martin Jirous, nicknamed Magor (Madman), would have been 70 we will screen a documentary film made soon after his sad death. The film brings together a kaleidoscope of stories from the life of Jirous, a poet and art critic best-known for working with the underground group The Plastic People of the Universe and who was imprisoned five times for his activities. Oliver Malina Morgenstern’s film has met with mixed reviews. The screening will be followed by a debate with the director. More