Events: August 2018 RSS


Discussion with participants in protests against the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 
August 21, 2018, 19:00

Hungarian philosopher Ágnes Heller, Russian mathematician Pavel Litvinov, Polish documentary maker Joanna Helander and Crimean Tatar politician Mustafa Dzhemilev are in a group of foreign guests who have accepted invitations from the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and the Václav Havel Library on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops. More

Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00  |  ico  | 

Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994

Václav Havel’s Prague