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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.

Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„Once you’re here, however, whether you want to or not, you have to ask the question: does all of this have a meaning, and if so, what?… Ultimately, I can only find an answer – a positive answer – within myself, in my general faith in the meaning of things, in my hope. What, in fact, is man responsible to? What does he relate to? What is the final horizon of his actions, the absolute vanishing point of everything he does, the undeceivable “memory of Being”, the conscience of the world and the final “court of appeal”? What is the decisive standard of measurement, the background or the field of each of his existential experiences? And likewise, what is the most important witness or the secret sharer in his daily conversations with himself, the thing that – regardless of what situation he has been thrown into – he incessantly inquires after, depends upon, and toward which his actions are directed, the thing that, in its omniscience and incorruptibility, both haunts and saves him, the only thing he can trust in and strive for? “

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

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