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Discussion with participants in protests against the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968

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

Hungarian philosopher Ágnes Heller, Russian mathematician Pavel Litvinov, Polish documentary maker Joanna Helander and Crimean Tatar politician Mustafa Dzhemilev are in a group of foreign guests who have accepted invitations from the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and the Václav Havel Library on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops.

All of the guests have one thing in common: they decided to take part in public protests in countries that had taken part in the invasion. They paid for that brave stance by being thrown out of their studies or places of work and by forced immigration, years of internal exile, prison or spells in psychiatric clinics.

Three of the most best known thinkers and movers of the late 1960s – Ágnes Heller, Pavel Litvinov and Mustafa Dzhemilev – will take part a discussion at the Václav Havel Library. The debate will centre on a comparison of societal changes in 1968 and in 2018, particularly in Hungary, the US and Ukraine.

Chaired by Josef Pazderka.

The discussion will take place in Czech with interpretation into English and Russian.

The event is being held with the kind support of the City of Prague. 


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