​Oxford

  • installation date: November 6, 2014
  • address: Oxford University Parks, United Kingdom
  • foto: © Jolly Thompson

Oxford University recalled the events of November 1989 in Czechoslovakia with the event Velvet Day, which took place at Harris Manchester College. It included the unveiling of a Václav Havel’s Place as well as the official opening of the new Sekyra House student centre, named after the Czech entrepreneur who funded its construction. The centre also features a lecture hall named after the priest Tomáš Halík.

Diary entry for 26 April 2005, To the Castle and Back

„When such events happen, there is inevitably a call for the further homogenization of society,; we get rid of the Jews, then Germans, the bourgeoisie, then dissidents, then Slovaks – and who will be next in line? The Roma? Homosexuals? All foreigners? And who will be left? Pure-blooded little Czechs in their own little garden. It’s not just that such a position or, ultimately, such a policy is immoral, it’s also suicidal.“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 26 April 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

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