Convict

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 6, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

In the last century individuals were faced with a cruel choice often accompanied by the threat of the supreme punishment. Many avoided injustices, quietly observing the march of history with their heads bowed. But not university professor Růžena Vacková.

A brave woman, she wasn’t broken by either the tyranny of the Nazi occupation or 15 years in Communist prisons. We are mainly aware of her story thanks to the novelist and writer Milena Štráfeldová and her book Trestankyně (Convict). Presenting the book alongside her will be journalist, teacher and philosopher Daniel Kroupa, who knew Růžena Vacková personally.

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Václav Havel:
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