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Hradec Králové

Lavička Václava Havla, Hradec Králové

  • Address: Municipal Library, Hradec Králové
  • Date of installation: October 4, 2014
  • Photo: © Václav Havel Library

On Saturday 4 October 2014, a Havel’s Place was ceremonially unveiled in front of the café at the Municipal Library in Hradec Králové at 11AM.

The Havel’s Place memorials consist of a pair of armchairs joined by a table with a Linden tree growing through it. According to its designer, architect Bořek Šípek (pictured with the long-term director of the Klicperovo divadlo theatre, Ladislav Zeman), it symbolises the democratic dialogue that was essential to Václav Havel.

The creation of a Havel’s Place in Hradec Králové was initiated by deputy mayor Josef Krofta.

The Václav Havel Library was represented at the ceremonial unveiling by its executive director Marta Smolíková and Karel Schwarzenberg, one of its founders.

Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington

„We are still a long way from that „family of man;“ in fact, we seem to be receding from the ideal rather than drawing closer to it. Interests of all kinds: personal, selfish, state, national, group and, if you like, company interests still considerably outweigh genuinely common and global interests. We are still under the sway of the destructive and thoroughly vain belief that man is the pinnacle of creation, and not just a part of it, and that therefore everything is permitted. There are still many who say they are concerdend not for themselves but for the cause, while they are demonstrably out for themselves and not for the cause at all. We are still destroying the planet that was entrusted to us, and its environment. We still close our eyes to the growing social, ethnic and cultural conflicts in the world. From time to time we say that the anonymous megamachinery we have created for ourselves no longer serves us but rather has enslaved us, yet we still fail to do anything about it.“

Václav Havel:
Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington, February 21, 1990

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