Haag

  • installation date: November 9, 2014
  • address: Lange Voorhout, Haag, Holland
  • photo (c) Richard Mulder, Den Haag FM

Architect Bořek Šípek, the mayor of the Hague, Jozias van Aartsen, and the Czech ambassador to the Netherlands, Dr. Jaroslav Horák, took part in the unveiling of the Václav Havel’s Place, which was preceded by a commemorative event at the Hague’s Old City Hall. The memorial was placed in a park in the artistic quarter of the Hague in a street in front of the Theatre Diligentia. 

Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay

„The overall question, then, is this: What profound intellectual and moral impotence will the nation suffer tomorrow, following the castration of its culture today? I fear that the baneful effects on society will outlast by many years the particular political interests that gave rise to them. So much more guilty, in the eyes of history, are those who have sacrificed the country’s spiritual future for the sake of their present power interests.“

Václav Havel:
Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975

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