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Student February 1948

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 27, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

The Czechoslovak Communists’ rise to power and subsequent destruction of the state played out from at least 1945. February 1948 saw Communist efforts to seize power reach a climax, leading to not just a denial of all of the principles on which Czechoslovakia stood during the First Republic but also the complete disintegration of society. One immediate response to the Communist repression was a student march in February 1948. This subject will be explored by the writer and publisher Jiří Padevět and the historian Petr Koura. 

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A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„The point I am trying to make is that words are a mysterious, ambiguous, ambivalent and perfidious phenomenon. They can be rays of light in a realm of darkness, as Belinsky once described Ostrovsky’s Storm. They can also be lethal arrows. Worst or all, at times they can be one or the other. They can even be both at once!“

Václav Havel:
A Word about Words – samizdat essay, July 25, 1989

Václav Havel’s Prague