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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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Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„Technology – that child of modern science, which in turn is a child of modern metaphysics – is out of humanity’s control, has ceased to serve us, has enslaved us and compelled us to participate in the preparation of our own destruction. And humanity can find no way out: we have no idea and no faith, and even less do we have a political conception to help us bring things back under human control. We look on helplessly as that coldly functioning machine we have created inevitably engulfs us, tearing us away from our natural affiliations (for instance, from our habitat in the widest sense of that word, including our habitat in the biosphere) just as it removes us from the experience of Being and casts us into the world of “existences”.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

The Persecution of Václav Havel: Letters and Documents, 1968–1989Discussions in Lány II. (1991)