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If I consider myself to be a European, it does not mean at all I cease being a Czech. It is really the other way round. As a Czech, I am also a European. Somewhat poetically I say that Europe is the mother of all fatherlands Václav Havel, A Speech to the European Parliament, November 11, 2009

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THE WINNER OF THE 2018 VÁCLAV HAVEL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE  08/10/18

Today, on Monday 8 October, 2018, Oyub Titiev was ceremonially announced as laureate of the 2018 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The award is presented by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library and the Charter 77 Foundation. For more information about the Prize visit us here.

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The Unbearable Lightness of Evil – registration open!  30/08/18

Dear friends, please allow us to inform you that we have just launched registration for the sixth annual conference in honour of the laureate of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, which is entitled The Unbearable Lightness of Evil, and the subsequent concert A Tribute to the Brave. You will find more information here.

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Three candidates shortlisted for the 2018 Václav Havel Prize  28/08/18

The selection panel of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, comprising independent figures from the world of human rights and chaired by the President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Liliane Maury Pasquier, drew up the shortlist of candidatures in Prague today. The shortlisted nominees, in alphabetical order, are: More

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Have a great summer!  02/07/18

Dear visitors, though our club programme ended over a week ago, we’re still here for you: From Tuesday to Friday you can visit our permanent exhibition Havel in a Nutshell (always from 12:00 to 17:00) and, in the case of prior agreement, also our reading room. At any time you can access our digital archive and YouTube channel, where you will find close to 900 videos from our events… Have a wonderful summer and see you again in September!

Program for February 2018<>

Religion and Violence – The Conflicts of New Religions

Religion and Violence – The Conflicts of New Religions

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 6, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

One of the many forms of such violence, the persecution of religions in Iran and China, will be discussed by the author, Professor Hana Sodeyfi, an expert on the Bahá'í faith, and Milan Kajínek, a member of the Falun Gong community.

The debate will be chaired by Religious Studies specialist Professor Pavel Hošek.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Karolinum publishing house.

Adin Ljuca’s One White Day

Adin Ljuca’s One White Day

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 8, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Following the outbreak of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina Adin Ljuca was injured in the defence of Maglaj. He has lived in Prague since 1992 and has been a librarian at the Slavic Library for many years. He has published the poetry collection Hegira and Stalactite and the short story collection Tattooed Pictures.

His book One White Day has been translated by leading Balkan Studies expert František Šístek. He will lead a discussion with the author on images and stereotypes of the Balkans, Czech-South Slav relations, nationalism, the refugee phenomenon and literary matters. 

Svetlana Alexievich: Second Hand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Svetlana Alexievich: Second Hand Time: The Last of the Soviets

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 12, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Second Hand Time is a completely extraordinary book by an exceptional writer who has received the most prestigious Russian, European and American literary awards. Following hopeful beginnings, the end of the Communist regime and the subsequent breakup of the Soviet empire left citizens disappointed, frustrated and disorientated. The text is a mosaic of dozens of genuine voices that Svetlana Alexievich recorded on a Dictaphone during interviews with a wide range of people and turned into literature. Her interviewees testify about how they believed in the Soviet system, how they killed and died for its ideals, about the secrets and horrors of communism, about the Stalinist Gulag, war, Chernobyl... They also offer a deep probe into Russian society and help us understand its current developments. In addition, they force readers to ponder what Russia is and why it is incapable of faster modernisation. Why the popularity of the autocrat Putin is around 85 percent and why 70 percent of Russians regard Stalin as a great man. It is a book about why Great Russia chauvinism is not just still alive but, heaven help us, ever more militant.

Helena Dvořáková, Hana Kofránková and Apolena Veldová will read from the book

The moderator will be Aleš Vrzák, director of the audio book, and translator Libor Dvořák. Vladimír Pistorius, who published it in book form, will appear as a guest.

Organised by the the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with publishers Radioservis

Debate with Respekt

Debate with Respekt

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 13, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00
Pavel Tigrid: London Calling

Pavel Tigrid: London Calling

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

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. 

Lost in Translation II

Lost in Translation II

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 15, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Speakers: Jindřich Jůzl of publishers Odeon, Anna Rezková Horáčková of Paseka and Petr Januš of Rubato. Translators will be represented by German Studies expert Tereza Semotamová.

Chaired by Hispanic Studies expert Blanka Stárková.

Target Julek

Target Julek

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 20, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Julius Varga got extremely sick at the age of nine after being inoculated against jaundice and became bedbound. Despite this he set out to take on not just his serious illness (the regime forbade his family from travelling to Switzerland for treatment) but also the totalitarian system. He converted to Christianity and began studying theology and philosophy. The Varga apartment in Šumperk became a gathering place for dissidents, former political prisoners and intellectuals, and among those who visited the charismatic Julek were Dominik Duka, Josef Zvěřina, Oto Mádr and Václav Malý. Soon the State Security began to monitor Julius Varga, setting up the “Julek” file on him in the spring of 1989. Shortly after the revolution in 1989 Julek got to see foreign doctors for the first time. However, by then his illness was too far advanced. He died at the age of 33.

Director Ondřej Elbel began working on a graphic novel about Julek four years ago. Designer Martin Jabůrek was doing the illustrations but died suddenly in February 2015. His friends Butula-Cichá, Chalánková, Estrada, Karpíšek and Matyska completed the work.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Větrné mlýny publishing house.

Olga Havlová’s Legacy in the Eyes of the Young Generation: Who Do Today’s 20-Year-Olds Look Up To?

Olga Havlová’s Legacy in the Eyes of the Young Generation: Who Do Today’s 20-Year-Olds Look Up To?

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 21, 2018, 18:00 – 20:00

How do today’s youth view her legacy? What does Olga Havlová represent to them? Do today’s 20-year-olds have their “own” personalities they look up to? Who are their models? What do they think of non-profit organisations, volunteering and charity and how do they make that known? Do the terms that Olga Havlová and Václav Havel identified with – truth and love, compassion and humility – have the same meanings for them? And what do those who lived through the “Havel years” as adults make of the development of society and today’s youth?

Representatives of the young generation will discuss human and moral values together.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Committee of Good Will – Olga Havlová Foundation.

1968–2018, Prague – Paris: Insurrectionary Europe

1968–2018, Prague – Paris: Insurrectionary Europe

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 22, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

The French historian Annette Wieviorka will speak as part of a series of debates focused on the legacy of the year 1968 in the present-day context. Historians don’t choose their area of research by accident. This also applies to this French historian and specialist on the Shoah and the history of the Jews in the 20th century who, with admirable energy, studies the history of the genocide during WWII that devastated her entire family. As she explained in one interview, her enthusiasm for and interest in history was born in 1968. “Because only history can allow us to comprehend the world and gives us the possibility of changing it.”

The debate with Annette Wieviorka, who works at the Association Primo Levi and teaches at the university Paris-Nanterre, will be chaired by Luc Lévy, director of Prague’s French Institute.

Evening conducted in French; simultaneous interpretation provided

The debate series is co-organised by the VHL, the French Institute in Prague and the Institute for European Politics EUROPEUM. 

Blanka Fišerová: The 10 Commandments According to Dagmar – Final Performance

Blanka Fišerová: The 10 Commandments According to Dagmar – Final Performance

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 26, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

The 10 Commandments According to Dagmar is a staged reading of Dagmar Šimková’s book Byly jsme tam taky (We Were There Too). It is a very personal, internal, authentic testimony about the Communist prisons in which the author spent 14 years. Her recollections don’t lack either perspective or inspiring and appropriate firmness of opinion. She says far more about the period and the absurdity and monstrousness of the Communist regime than a few lines in a history textbook could.

The book has been transformed into a staged reading by Blanka Fišerová, who is also its only actor, and performances always retain an improvisational character. We get to hear not only excerpts from the book but also fragments of engaged poetic art and quotations from period documents.

Student February 1948

Student February 1948

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 27, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00
Don’t Let the Spirit Go: A Story of Anxiety

Don’t Let the Spirit Go: A Story of Anxiety

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 28, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

The second in a series of three evenings will focus on telling the stories of two young people who have encountered mental illness in their lives. The discussion will focus on just anxiety disorders.

The evening will begin with a short introduction to everything that can come under the title anxiety disorder, the concrete forms that the illness can take, how it limits sufferers, how it influences their lives and what help is available to people with such difficulties. You will also learn how it is to speak openly about one’s illness at lectures or for instance workshops at secondary schools.

A series created by the non-profit Nevypusť duši (Don’t Let the Spirit Go), which is run by a team of young psychologists, neuroscientists and students of those disciplines. It also comprises psychiatric patients and people with experience of psychiatric illness at a young age. Nevypusť duši circulates information, busts myths and informs the Czech Republic about mental health.

It emphasises the importance of prevention and advises people how to keep their spirits up, shares personal stories and supports the timely obtaining of specialist help in the case of mental problems.

Klára Lampová and Martin Javůrka will speak.

Entrance only on the basis of prior registration. Forms are available here: goo.gl/VyURda

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Publications / E-shop

The central focus of the Library’s publishing programme is the life and work of Václav Havel, his family and close collaborators and friends. For clarity, the programme is divided into six series: Václav Havel Library Notebooks, Václav Havel Library Editions, Student Line, Talks from Lány, Václav Havel Documents, Works of Pavel Juráček and Václav Havel Library Conferences. Titles that cannot be incorporated into any of the given series but which are nonetheless important for the Library’s publishing activities are issued independently, outside the series framework.

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Conferences

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Václav Havel European Dialogues

The Václav Havel European Dialogues is an international project that aims to initiate and stimulate a discussion about issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe while referring to the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel. This idea takes its main inspiration from Václav Havel’s essay “Power of the Powerless”. More than other similarly focused projects, the Václav Havel European Dialogues aims to offer the “powerless” a platform to express themselves and in so doing to boost their position within Europe.

The Václav Havel European Dialogues is planned as a long-term project and involves cooperation with other organisations in various European cities. Individual meetings, which take the form of a conference, are targeted primarily at secondary and third-level students, as well as specialists and members of the public interested in European issues.

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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation to reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond.

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Václav Havel

Václav Havel
* 5. 10. 1936 Praha
† 18. 12. 2011 Hrádeček u Trutnova

1936
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Václav Havel grew up
in a well-known, wealthy entrepreneurial
and intellectual family.
1951
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Václav Havel completed primary schooling. Because
of his "bourgeois" background, options for
higher education were limited.
1951
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Václav Havel worked as a chemical laboratory technician
while attending evening classes at a high school
from which he graduated in 1954.
1955
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Václav Havel studied at the
Economics Faculty of the Czech
Technical University in Prague.
1960
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Václav Havel began working at Prague's Theatre on
the Balustrade, first as a stagehand and later as
an assistant director and literary manager.
1963
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Havel´s first play The Garden
Party was staged at Prague's
Theatre on the Balustrade.
1964
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Václav Havel
married Olga
Splichalova.
1966
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VH finished studies at at the
Theatre Faculty of the Academy of
Performing Arts in Prague .
1968
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Václav Havel played an active role in
democratization and renewal of culture during the
era of reforms, known as Prague Spring.
1969
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Havel's work were banned in Czechoslovakia. He
moved from Prague to the country, continued
his activities against the Communist regime.
1974
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Václav Havel worked as a manual laborer
at a local brewery near Hrádeček in
the north of the Czech Republic.
1975
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Václav Havel wrote an open
letter to President Gustav Husak,
criticizing the government.
1977
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Václav Havel co-founded the Charter 77
human rights initiative and was one
of its first spokesmen.
1978
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Václav Havel co-founded The
Committee for the Defense
of the Unjustly Prosecuted.
1979
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Václav Havel was imprisoned several times
for his beliefs, his longest prison
term lasting from 1979 to 1983.
1989
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Václav Havel emerged as one of the
leaders of the November opposition movement, also
known as the Velvet Revolution.
1990
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Václav Havel is elected
President of Czechoslovakia on
December 29.
1993
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Václav Havel is elected, after the
dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the first President
of the Czech Republic.
1996
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On January
27, Olga
Havlova died.
1997
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Václav Havel married Dagmar Veskrnova,
a popular and acclaimed Czech theatrical,
television and movie actress.
1999
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Václav Havel enabled the entry of
the Czech Republic into the North
Atlantic Treat Organisation (NATO).
2003
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Václav Havel left office after
his second term as Czech
president ended on 2 February 2003.
2004
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Foundation of Václav
Havel Library in
Prague.
2004
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The Czech Republic became the 35th
member State of the Council of
Europe on 30 June 1993.
2010
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Václav Havel directed
a film adaptation of
his play Leaving.
2011
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Václav Havel died at his
summer house Hrádeček in the
north of the Czech Republic.
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Educational projects

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Man of inspiration

This six-part series of educational videos introduces young viewers to the most important events in Czechoslovak history in the second half of the 20th century, with an accent on the human rights struggle. It is presented by singer and TV moderator Emma Smetana and choreographer and producer Yemi. The presenters of the English versions are native speakers.

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Read Havel

A collection of short videos in which well-known young people in Czech public life present iconic and lesser-known texts by Václav Havel.

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Václav Havel here and now

A travelling series of discussions about VH and more with Michael Žantovský, intended for secondary school students, libraries and arts centres.

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Best Student Essay Competition

One of the key genres of Václav Havel’s work is essays – on literary, artistic, social, political, and spiritual topics. His essays, such as the The Power of the Powerless and A Word About Words, have become classic texts of Czech literature; they have been translated into tens of languages, and are among the few truly world-famous works of Czech culture. This is also why it is necessary to keep cultivating the essay genre in the Czech language – not in the sense of imitating Václav Havel’s writing, but in the spirit of his courage to name unpleasant problems and search for unconventional solutions to them. For this reason, the Václav Havel Library is announcing the next year of the literary competition for secondary students: the Václav Havel Library Prize for Best Student Essay.

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Václav Havel´s Bookshelves

The Václav Havel Little Libraries are a key new Václav Havel Library project aimed at establishing a nationwide network of elementary and secondary schools that, with the support of the VHL, will spread the legacy of Václav Havel among their pupils and students. The aim of the Little Libraries is to create in schools (on the model of the existing Václav Havel’s Places) book shelves on which the schools will gather both texts by Václav Havel and texts closely linked to him. They may also contain other written materials, audio and video recordings and photographs.

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Lets rock!

Are your students (whether at elementary, arts-focused elementary or secondary schools) interested in history? Do you have a theatre or film club at your school, or are you teaching young people who “just” like to act? If so, we cordially invite you to join the Václav Havel Library in celebrating in a creative manner the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia with the theatre-education project Tomorrow!

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Václav Havel – a Czech myth, or Havel in a Nutshell

This interactive workshop lasting for about 180 minutes takes place in the “Havel in a Nutshell” exhibition hall. Primary and secondary school students are divided into groups within which they deal with various “research” projects. Students work with selected texts and are provided with particular books. The workshop is related not only to the teaching of Czech history, but also to personal, literary, artistic and media training, and increasing student’s democratic consciousness as citizens.

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Guided tour – Havel In A Nutshell

The Václav Havel Library’s permanent exhibition Havel In A Nutshell introduces pupils and students the life of Václav Havel through a collage of photographs and quotations. Touch screens make use of detailed information and sound recordings to place individual chapters – family, theatre, dissent and presidency – in a broad cultural-historical context, while a large interactive map creates a tangible sense of Václav Havel’s global “footsteps”.

Exhibitions

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Havel in a nutshell

The Václav Havel Library’s permanent exhibition brings Václav Havel’s story to life via a collage of photographs and quotations. Touchscreens place individual chapters of his life in the broader cultural and historical context, while a large-scale interactive map allows visitors to gain a tangible sense of Václav Havel’s global “footsteps”.  

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Oldřich Škácha – Occupation 1968

A collection of photographs by Oldřich Škácha from the Václav Havel Library’s collection.

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The Faces of Resistance

Pavel Hroch’s online photographic exhibition captures the stories of those who, across several decades of Czechoslovak history, stood up to evil, inhumanity, oppression and coarseness and who at certain moments displayed courage, will to freedom, love of those around them and common sense.

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Via the East to the West

In autumn 1989, Prague was flooded with citizens from the German Democratic Republic. For them, the Czechoslovak capital was to be a transfer station on the journey to freedom, to the western part of their country, whose division was symbolised by the Berlin Wall. One of the main reasons for the sudden growth in the number of refugees was the fear that the GDR would close its borders with Czechoslovakia, the only country East German citizens could enter without a visa, ahead of 40th anniversary celebrations of its foundation.

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With a Passion for Freedom

Pavel Hroch’s photographs capture the revolutionary period springing from November 1989 as well as the era of transformation, the start of the 1990s, when things happened in Czechoslovakia that had previously been impossible and unimaginable, a period of joy and carnivalesque festivity, a period of visions, hopes and a great and perhaps somewhat naïve belief in the future. Twenty-five years later, the photographs hold a mirror up to the manner in which those dreams and visions have been realised and to where we find ourselves today.

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Leaving

Story of Václav Havel’s final play and first film (1988–2011)

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August invasion of Hrádeček

A meeting of the children of dissidents and others who shared recollections of Václav Havel. The exhibition is a colourful collage of photographs, audio recordings – from talks by individual participants on the subject “My life with Václav Havel”, to a concert by Monika Načeva and Michal Pavlíček – and unique archival materials.

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Archive / Documentation centre / Research projects

Dokumentační centrum

The Václav Havel Library is gradually gathering, digitizing, and making accessible written materials, photographs, sound recordings and other materials linked to the person of Václav Havel.

  • 50587 records in total
  • 15290 of events in the VH's life
  • 2994 of VH's texts
  • 1784 of photos 
  • 275 of videos
  • 555 of audios
  • 5625 of letters
  • 14718 of texts about VH
  • 5451 of books
  • 15274 of bibliography records

Access to the database of the VHL’s archives is free and possible after registering as a user. Accessing archival materials that exist in an unreadable form is only possible at the reading room of the Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, 110 00 Prague 1, every Tuesday (except state holidays) from 9:00 to 17:00, or by prior appointment.

We will be glad to answer your queries at archiv@vaclavhavel-library.org.

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Vladimir Hanzel's revolution

Collage of recollections, images and sound recordings from Vladimír Hanzel, President Václav Havel’s personal secretary, bringing the feverish atmosphere of the Velvet Revolution to life.

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Václav Havel Interviews

A database of all accessible interviews given to print media outlets by the dramatist, writer and political activist Václav Havel between the 1960s and 1989. The resulting collection documents the extraordinary life story of an individual, as well as capturing a specific picture of modern Czechoslovak history at a time when being a free-thinker was more likely to lead to jail than an official public post.

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Pavel Juráček Archive

The Pavel Juráček Archive arose in February 2014 when his son Marek Juráček handed over six banana boxes and a typewriter case from his father’s estate to the Václav Havel Library. Thousands of pages of manuscripts, typescripts, photographs, documents and personal and official correspondence are gradually being classified and digitalised. The result of this work should be not only to map the life and work of one of the key figures of the New Wave of Czechoslovak film in the 1960s, but also to make his literary works accessible in the book series The Works of Pavel Juráček.

The aim of the Václav Havel Library is to ensure that Pavel Juráček finds a place in the broader cultural consciousness and to notionally build on the deep friendship he shared with Václav Havel. Soon after Juráček’s death in 1989 Havel said of him: “Pavel was a friend of mine whom I liked very much. He was one of the most sensitive and gentle people I have known – that’s why I cannot write more about him.”  

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All about Library

The Václav Havel Library collects, researches, disseminates, promotes and advocates the spiritual, literary and political legacy of a great figure of modern Czech history - the author, playwright, thinker, human rights defender and Czechoslovak and Czech president. It also focuses on people, events and phenomena related to the legacy of Václav Havel and strives to place them in the context of the times and of the present.

From August 2014, the Václav Havel Library is located at the address Ostrovní 13, Prague 1. The building’s ground-floor spaces is dedicated to an exhibition "Václav Havel or Havel in a nutshell" and used for VHL club events – all kinds of seminars, readings, exhibitions, lectures, concerts and theatre performances. The Library’s offices, archive, constantly expanding library, and reading room are located on the first floor.

The main aims of the Václav Havel Library include

  • Organizing archival, archival-research, documentary, museum and library activities focused on the work of Vaclav Havel and documents or objects related to his activities, and carries out professional analysis of their influence on the life and self-reflection of society
  • Serving, in a suitable manner, such as through exhibitions, the purpose of education and popularisation functions, thus presenting to the public the historical significance of the fight for human rights and freedoms in the totalitarian period and the formation of civil society during the establishment of democracy
  • Organizing scientific research and publication activities in its areas of interest
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Support us

Financial donations

If you would like to support the work of the Václav Havel Library or its specific activities or projects by means of a financial donation you can do so via the VHL’s PayPal account

Or by bank transfer to:

ČSOB a. s., Na Poříčí 24, 115 20 Praha 1

  • Crown account number 7077 7077 / 0300 CZK
  • Euro account number 7755 7755 / 0300 EUR
  • Dollar account number 7747 7747 / 0300 USD

If an individual makes a donation of over CZK 1,000, or if a company makes a donation of over CZK 2,000, in one calendar year we will create for you a donation contract confirming the amount of the donation involved; the donor can use this to reduce their tax base in compliance with the law on taxation. For more information, contact us.

Donors with US citizenship can support us through the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation New York.

Donations and loans to the VHL archive

The Václav Havel Library administers an archive of written materials, documents, photographs, video recordings and other materials related to the life and work of Václav Havel. The archive is predominantly digital in form. If you or somebody close to you is the owner of original texts, photographs, speeches or other works produced by Václav Havel we would appreciate it greatly if you contacted us. We will oversee the digitalisation of these documents and place them in our digital archive. If you would like to keep possession of such documents or items, we will return them in perfect condition.  

If a copy or original is donated to the Václav Havel Library, the terms of donation and use will in all cases be agreed with the owner. The names of all donors or owners will be listed alongside the documentary materials in question.

Internships

We offer short and long-term internships at the Václav Havel Library to Czech and foreign students. Interns are particularly welcomed in the fields of library studies and archival science, arts management, journalism, Czech Studies and other areas of the humanities.

We welcome knowledge of English (German and French are also a plus), while knowledge of Czech is an advantage for foreign interns.

Internships range in duration from six weeks to one year, while it is possible to agree on individual duration depending on the requirements of schools. On completion of the internship, the participant receives a certificate with an appraisal. Internships take place on the basis of prior agreement with applicants and dates must be agreed around two months in advance. Václav Havel Library internships are unpaid and we do not cover transport or accommodation costs.

If you are interested in an internship at the Václav Havel Library, contact us at the email address:

Media and promotion cooperation with the VHL

The Václav Havel Library welcomes the mutual exchange of links and the publication of our banners and information about our events. For more information, contact us directly.

Volunteers

The Václav Havel Library welcomes volunteers who would like to assist in our work.