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Cooperation with the Czechoslovak Documentation Centre

July 30, 2010

IllustrationHavel-related materials from the Czechoslovak Documentation Centre will gradually enrich our digital archive.

Historian Vilém Prečan was collecting these materials during the whole era of Charter 77. Among others, they include a collection of clippings from foreign newspapers mapping Czechoslovak dissident activities.

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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