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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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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„If I consider the problem as that which the world is turning me into – that is, as a tiny screw in a giant machine, deprived of human identity – then there is really nothing I can do. Obviously I cannot put a stop to the destruction of the globe, the growing stupidity of nations and the repoduction of thousands of new thermonuclear bombs. If, however, I consider it as that which each of us originally is, or rahter what each of us – irrespective of the state of the world – has the basic potential to become, which is to say an autonomous human being, capable of acting responsibly to and for the world, then of course there is a great deal I can do.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, March 6, 1982

Discussions in Lány II. (1991)Conference Editions