Tel Aviv

  • installation date: October 27, 2015
  • address: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Izrael
  • photo (c) Pavlína Šulcová / Václav Havel Library

The Václav Havel’s Place on the campus of Tel Aviv University was presented by a Czech delegation headed by Minister of Culture Daniel Herman and the designer of the untraditional place of memorial, architect Bořek Šípek. The event was part of this year’s commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic ties between the CR and Israel. 

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

What Price Human Rights?