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Pavel Tigrid: London Calling

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 14, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Václav Havel: “From my youth, Pavel Tigrid was for me above all an important and credible mirror of modern history. He wasn’t only a witness to troubled history but helped shape it. Tigrid was one of our certainties. He exists as an idea, a stance, an inspiration, a yardstick.”

Pavel Tigrid (1917–2003) returned to his past with characteristic temperance when shortly after the war he wrote the now forgotten article Volá Londýn (London Calling). In it he captured the experience of wartime London, the BBC and the Czechoslovak exile community. The text is supplemented by a hitherto unreleased Tigrid programme for the BBC’s wartime broadcasts as well as a study exploring the context of Tigrid’s wartime exile and the fates of his friends and companions. The book Volá Londýn. Ze zákulisí československého vysílání z Londýna (London Calling: Behind the Scenes of Czechoslovak Broadcasting from London) is being published on the centenary of Tigrid’s birth by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

Prokop Tomek (Military History Institute, Prague), Petr Orság (head of the Department of Media and Culture Studies and Journalism at Olomouc’s Palacký University) will present the book and discuss Tigrid’s work and life with other guests. 

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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:
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