Václav Havel

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Havel in 1997
President of the Czech Republic
In office
2 February 1993 2 February 2003
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Václav Havel and Karol Sidon (left), his friend and later chief Czech rabbi
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Flag of the President of the Czech Republic. The national motto "Truth Prevails" was part of the greater coat of arms of Czechoslovakia during the interwar period.

On 29 December 1989, while he was leader of the Civic Forum, Havel became President of Czechoslovakia by a unanimous vote of the Federal Assembly. He had long insisted that he was not interested in politics and had argued that political change in the country should be induced through autonomous civic initiatives rather than through the official institutions. In 1990, soon after his election, Havel was awarded the Prize For Freedom of the Liberal International. [22] [23] [24]

In 1990, Czechoslovakia held its first free elections in 44 years, resulting in a sweeping victory for Civic Forum and its Slovak counterpart, Public Against Violence. Between them, they commanded strong majorities in both houses of the legislature, and tallied the highest popular vote share recorded for a free election in the country. Havel retained his presidency.[ citation needed ]

Despite increasing political tensions between the Czechs and the Slovaks in 1992, Havel supported the retention of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic prior to the dissolution of the country. Havel sought re-election in 1992. Although no other candidate filed, when the vote came on 3 July, he failed to get a majority due to a lack of support from Slovak deputies. The largest Czech political party, the Civic Democratic Party, let it be known that it would not support any other candidate. After the Slovaks issued their Declaration of Independence, he resigned as president on 20 July, saying that he would not preside over the country's breakup. [25]

However, when the Czech Republic was created as one of two successor states, he stood for election as its first president on 26 January 1993, and won. Although he was nominally the new country's chief executive, the framers of the Constitution of the Czech Republic intended to vest most of the real power in the prime minister. However, owing to his prestige, he still commanded great moral authority, and the presidency acquired a greater role than the framers intended. For instance, largely due to his influence, the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM), successor to the KSC's branch in the Czech Lands, was kept on the margins for most of his presidency. Havel suspected that the KSCM was still an unreformed Stalinist party. [26]

Havel's popularity abroad surpassed his popularity at home, [27] and he was often the object of controversy and criticism. During his time in office, Havel stated that the expulsion of the indigenous Sudeten German population after World War II was immoral, causing a great controversy at home. He also extended general amnesty as one of his first acts as president, in an attempt to lessen the pressure in overcrowded prisons as well as to release political prisoners and persons who may have been falsely imprisoned during the Communist era. Havel felt that many of the decisions by the previous regime's courts should not be trusted, and that most of those in prison had not received fair trials. [28] However, critics claimed that this amnesty led to a significant increase in the crime rate: [29] the total number of crimes doubled, [30] as did the number of murders. [31] [32] Several of the worst crimes in the history of the Czech criminology were committed by criminals released in this amnesty. [33] [34] [35] Within four years of the Velvet revolution (and following another two amnesties declared by Havel), criminality had more than tripled since 1989. [30] According to Havel's memoir To the Castle and Back, most of those who were released had less than a year to serve before their sentences ended, but statistics contradict Havel's claims.[ citation needed ]

In an interview with Karel Hvížďala (included in To the Castle and Back), Havel expressed his feeling that it was his most important accomplishment as president to have contributed to the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact. According to his statement the dissolution was very complicated. The infrastructure created by the Warsaw Pact was part of the economies of all member states, and the Pact's dissolution necessitated restructuring that took many years to complete. Furthermore, it took time to dismantle the Warsaw Pact's institutions; for example, it took two years for Soviet troops to fully withdraw from Czechoslovakia.[ citation needed ]

Havel, along with Bill Clinton, King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Simone Veil in 2000 Clinton-Linden.jpg
Havel, along with Bill Clinton, King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Simone Veil in 2000

Following a legal dispute with his sister-in-law Dagmar Havlová (wife of his brother Ivan M. Havel), Havel decided to sell his 50% stake in the Lucerna Palace on Wenceslas Square in Prague, built from 1907 to 1921 by his grandfather, also named Václav Havel (spelled Vácslav,) one of the multifunctional "palaces" in the center of the once booming pre-World War I Prague. In a transaction arranged by Marián Čalfa, Havel sold the estate to Václav Junek, a former Communist spy in France and head of the soon-to-be bankrupt conglomerate Chemapol Group, who later openly admitted that he bribed politicians of the Czech Social Democratic Party. [36]

His near friend was Ivan Medek, who became the chief of the president office. [37]

In January 1996, Olga Havlová, his wife of 32 years, died of cancer at 62. In December 1996, Havel who had been a chain smoker for a long time, was diagnosed with lung cancer. [38] The disease reappeared two years later. He quit smoking. In 1997, he remarried, to actress Dagmar Veškrnová. [39]

Havel was among those influential politicians who contributed most to the transition of NATO from being an anti-Warsaw Pact alliance to its present form. Havel advocated vigorously for the inclusion of former-Warsaw Pact members, like the Czech Republic, into the Western alliance. [40] [41]

Havel was re-elected president in 1998. He had to undergo a colostomy in Innsbruck when his colon ruptured while he was on holiday in Austria. [42] On 30 January 2003, Havel signed The letter of the eight supporting U.S. policy on Iraq. [43] [44] Havel left office after his second term as Czech president ended on 2 February 2003. Václav Klaus, one of his greatest political adversaries, was elected his successor as president on 28 February 2003. Margaret Thatcher wrote of the two men in her foreign policy treatise Statecraft , reserving the greater respect for Havel. Havel's dedication to democracy and his steadfast opposition to communist ideology earned him admiration. [45] [46] [47]

Post-presidential career

In his post-presidency Havel focused on European affairs. Jiri Jiroutek Havel Vaclav, Praha 2006.jpg
In his post-presidency Havel focused on European affairs.
Vaclav Havel at Velvet Revolution Memorial (Narodni Street, Prague) in November 2010 Narodni trida (2010).jpg
Václav Havel at Velvet Revolution Memorial (Národní Street, Prague) in November 2010

Beginning in 1997, Havel hosted Forum 2000, an annual conference to "identify the key issues facing civilisation and to explore ways to prevent the escalation of conflicts that have religion, culture or ethnicity as their primary components". In 2005, the former president occupied the Kluge Chair for Modern Culture at the John W. Kluge Center of the United States Library of Congress, where he continued his research on human rights. [48] In November and December 2006, Havel spent eight weeks as a visiting artist in residence at Columbia University. The stay was sponsored by the Columbia Arts Initiative and featured "performances, and panels centr[ing] on his life and ideas", including a public "conversation" with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Concurrently, the Untitled Theater Company No. 61 launched a Havel Festival, the first complete festival of his plays in various venues throughout New York City, including The Brick Theater and the Ohio Theatre, in celebration of his 70th birthday. [38] [49] [50] [51] [52] [53] [54] Havel was a member of the World Future Society and addressed the Society's members on 4 July 1994. His speech was later printed in THE FUTURIST magazine (July 1995). [55]

Havel remained an admired individual by Czech citizens. In The Greatest Czech TV show (the Czech spin-off of the BBC 100 Greatest Britons show) in 2005, Havel received the third biggest amount of voices, so he was elected to be third greatest Czech when he was still alive.

Havel's memoir of his experience as president, To the Castle and Back, was published in May 2007. The book mixes an interview in the style of Disturbing the Peace with actual memoranda he sent to his staff and modern diary entries and recollections. [56]

On 4 August 2007, Havel met with members of the Belarus Free Theatre at his summer cottage in the Czech Republic in a show of his continuing support, which has been instrumental in the theatre's attaining international recognition and membership in the European Theatrical Convention. [57] [58]

Havel went on a hunger strike in 2007 to support Kurdish doctor and human rights activist Yekta Uzunoglu in his legal battle. A former president going on a hunger strike to support the legal battle of a foreigner in his country was a first in world history. [59] [60]

Havel's first new play in almost two decades, Leaving , was published in November 2007, and was to have had its world premiere in June 2008 at the Prague theater Divadlo na Vinohradech, [61] but the theater withdrew it in December as it felt it could not provide the technical support needed to mount the play. [62] The play instead premiered on 22 May 2008 at the Archa Theatre to standing ovations. [63] Havel based the play on King Lear , by William Shakespeare, and on The Cherry Orchard , by Anton Chekhov; "Chancellor Vilém Rieger is the central character of Leaving, who faces a crisis after being removed from political power." [61] The play had its English language premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre in London and its American premiere at The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. Havel subsequently directed a film version of the play, which premiered in the Czech Republic on 22 March 2011. [64]

Other works included the short sketch Pět Tet, a modern sequel to Unveiling, and The Pig, or Václav Havel's Hunt for a Pig , which was premiered in Brno at Theatre Goose on a String and had its English language premiere at the 3LD Art & Technology Center in New York, in a production from Untitled Theater Company No. 61, in a production workshopped in the Ice Factory Festival in 2011 [65] [66] and later revived as a full production in 2014, becoming a New York Times Critic's Pick. [67]

In 2008, Havel became a Member of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation. He met U.S. President Barack Obama in private before Obama's departure after the end of the European Union (EU) and United States (US) summit in Prague in April 2009. [68] Havel was the chair of the Human Rights Foundation's International Council and a member of the international advisory council of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. [69]

Havel was a supporter of the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, an organisation which campaigns for democratic reformation of the United Nations, and the creation of a more accountable international political system. [70] From the 1980s, Havel supported the green politics movement, partly due to his friendship with the co-founder of the German Alliance 90/The Greens party Milan Horáček. [71] [72] From 2004 until his death, he supported the Czech Green Party. [73] [74] [75] [76]

Death

Memorial gathering of Vaclav Havel in Wenceslas Square in Prague on the day of his death on 18 December 2011 Pietni shromazdeni na Vaclavskem namesti pri prilezitosti umrti Vaclava Havla v roce 2011 (22).JPG
Memorial gathering of Václav Havel in Wenceslas Square in Prague on the day of his death on 18 December 2011

Havel died on the morning of 18 December 2011, at the age of 75, at his country home in Hrádeček. [77] [78] [79]

A week before his death, he met with his longtime friend, the Dalai Lama, in Prague; [80] Havel appeared in a wheelchair. [78] Prime Minister Petr Nečas announced a three-day mourning period from 21 to 23 December, the date announced by President Václav Klaus for the state funeral. The funeral Mass was held at Saint Vitus Cathedral, celebrated by the Archbishop of Prague Dominik Duka and Havel's old friend Bishop Václav Malý. During the service, a 21 gun salute was fired in the former president's honour, and in accordance with the family's request, a private ceremony followed at Prague's Strašnice Crematorium. Havel's ashes were placed in the family tomb in the Vinohrady Cemetery in Prague. [81] On 23 December 2011, the Václav Havel Tribute Concert was held in Prague's Palác Lucerna. [82]

Reactions

A large tapestry of Vaclav Havel with the caption Havel Forever was unveiled on Wenceslas Square on 17 November 2014, the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. Vaclav Havel 2014 Vaclavske namesti.JPG
A large tapestry of Václav Havel with the caption Havel Forever was unveiled on Wenceslas Square on 17 November 2014, the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
The international airport in Prague was renamed to Vaclav Havel Airport Prague VaclavHavelAirport.JPG
The international airport in Prague was renamed to Václav Havel Airport Prague

Within hours Havel's death was met with numerous tributes, including from U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former Polish President Lech Wałęsa. Merkel called Havel "a great European", while Wałęsa said he should have been given the Nobel Peace Prize. [78] [83] The Russian Embassy sent an official condolence on behalf of the President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. [84] Slovakia declared December 23 a day of national mourning. [85]

At the news of his death, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a native of Czechoslovakia, said, "He was one of the great figures of the 20th Century", while Czech expatriate novelist Milan Kundera said, "Václav Havel's most important work is his own life." [86] Communists took the opportunity to criticize Havel.[ clarification needed ] The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia's leader Vojtěch Filip stated that Havel was a very controversial person and that his words often conflicted with his deeds. He criticized Havel for having supported the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, repeating the charge that Havel had called the event a "humanitarian bombing", [87] although Havel had expressly and emphatically denied ever using such a phrase. [88]

An online petition organized by one of the best-known Czech and Slovak film directors, Fero Fenič, calling on the government and the Parliament to rename Prague Ruzyně Airport to Václav Havel International Airport attracted—in a week after 20 December 2011—support of over 80,000 Czech Republic and foreign signatories. [89] It was announced that the airport would be renamed the Václav Havel Airport Prague on 5 October 2012. [90] [91]

Reviewing a new biography by Michael Žantovský, Yale historian Marci Shore summarized his challenges as president: "Havel's message, 'We are all responsible, we are all guilty,' was not popular. He enacted a general amnesty for all but the most serious criminals, apologized on behalf of Czechoslovakia for the post-World War II expulsion of the Sudeten Germans and resisted demands for a more draconian purge of secret police collaborators. These things were not popular either. And as the government undertook privatization and restitution, Havel confronted pyramid schemes, financial corruption and robber baron capitalism. He saw his country fall apart (if bloodlessly), becoming in 1993 the Czech Republic and Slovakia." [92]

Awards

Havel was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1983. [93] In 1986, Havel received the Erasmus Prize, in 1989 the Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels, and in 1990, he received the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize for his outstanding contributions to the well-being of the wider community. In the same year he received the Freedom medal. [94] [ failed verification ][ citation needed ]

In 1993, he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. [95]

On 4 July 1994, Václav Havel was awarded the Philadelphia Liberty Medal. In his acceptance speech, he said: "The idea of human rights and freedoms must be an integral part of any meaningful world order. Yet I think it must be anchored in a different place, and in a different way, than has been the case so far. If it is to be more than just a slogan mocked by half the world, it cannot be expressed in the language of departing era, and it must not be mere froth floating on the subsiding waters of faith in a purely scientific relationship to the world." [96]

Havel was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1995. [97]

In 1997, Havel received ex aequo the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities [98] and the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca. [99]

In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. [100]

In 2002, he was the third recipient of the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award presented by the Prague Society for International Cooperation. In 2003, he was awarded the International Gandhi Peace Prize by the government of India for his outstanding contribution towards world peace and upholding human rights in most difficult situations through Gandhian means; he was the inaugural recipient of Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award for his work in promoting human rights; [101] he received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom; [102] and he was appointed as an honorary Companion of the Order of Canada. [103]

Russian protesters hold portrait of Vaclav Havel during an anti-regime demonstration in Moscow, 24 December 2011 Moscow rally 24 December 2011, Sakharov Avenue -1.JPG
Russian protesters hold portrait of Václav Havel during an anti-regime demonstration in Moscow, 24 December 2011

In 2008 he was also awarded the Giuseppe Motta Medal for support for peace and democracy. [104] As a former Czech President, Havel was a member of the Club of Madrid. [105] In 2009 he was awarded the Quadriga Award, [106] but decided to return it in 2011 following the announcement of Vladimir Putin as one of the 2011 award recipients. [107]

Havel also received multiple honorary doctorates from various universities such as the prestigious Institut d'études politiques de Paris in 2009, [108] and was a Foreign Associate Member of the French Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques from October 1992 until his death. [109]

On 10 October 2011, Havel was awarded by the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili with the St. George Victory Order. [110] In November 2014, he became only the fourth non-American honored with a bust in the U.S. Capitol. [111]

State honours and awards

Honours

CountryHonours [112] Medal Ribbon DateCity
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Order of the Liberator San Martin Collar ARG Order of the Liberator San Martin - Grand Cross BAR.png September 1996Buenos Aires
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Decoration for Science and Art [113] Order of Honour for Science and Art Rib.png November 2005Vienna
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Order of the Southern Cross Grand Collar BRA - Order of the Southern Cross - Grand Cross BAR.svg October 1990Prague
Order of Rio Branco Grand Cross BRA Ordem de Rio Branco Gra-Cruz BAR.svg September 1996Brasília
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Order of Canada Honorary Companion CAN Order of Canada Companion ribbon.svg March 2004Prague
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Order of the White Lion 1st Class (Civil Division) with Collar Chain CZE Rad Bileho Lva 1 tridy BAR.svg October 2003
Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk 1st Class CZE Rad T-G-Masaryka 1tr (1994) BAR.svg October 2003
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana The Collar of the Cross EST Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana - 1st Class BAR.png April 1996Tallinn
Flag of France.svg  France Légion d'honneur Grand Cross Legion Honneur GC ribbon.svg March 1990Paris
Order of Arts and Letters Commander Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Commandeur ribbon.svg February 2001
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia St. George's Order of Victory GEO St-George Victory Order BAR.svg October 2011Prague
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Special class of the Grand Cross GER Bundesverdienstkreuz 9 Sond des Grosskreuzes.svg May 2000Berlin
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Order of Merit of Hungary Grand Cross with Chain HUN Order of Merit of the Hungarian Rep 1class Collar BAR.svg September 2001Prague
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Order of Merit of the Italian Republic Grand Cross with Cordon ITA OMRI 2001 GC-GCord BAR.svg April 2002Rome
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Order of al-Hussein bin Ali Collar JOR Al-Hussein ibn Ali Order BAR.svg September 1997Amman
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Order of the Three Stars Commander Grand Cross with Chain LVA Order of the Three Stars - Grand Cross BAR.png August 1999Prague
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Order of Vytautas the Great Grand Cross Order of Vytautas Commanders Grand Cross Ribbon.jpg September 1999
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Order of the White Eagle POL Order Orla Bialego BAR.svg October 1993Warsaw
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Order of Liberty Grand Collar PRT Order of Liberty - Grand Cross BAR.svg December 1990Lisbon
Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon TWN Order of Brilliant Star 1Class BAR.svg November 2004Taipei
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Order of the White Double Cross First Class SVK Rad Bieleho Dvojkriza 1 triedy BAR.svg January 2003Bratislava
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia The Golden honorary Medal of Freedom Gold medal of freedom of slovenia rib.png November 1993Ljubljana
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Order of Isabella the Catholic Grand Cross with Collar Order of Isabella the Catholic - Sash of Collar.svg July 1995Prague
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey First Class of the Order of the State of Republic of Turkey Order of the State of Republic of Turkey.png October 2000Ankara
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Order of Yaroslav the Wise Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise 1st 2nd and 3rd Class of Ukraine.png October 2006Prague
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Order of the Bath Knight Grand Cross (Civil Division) Order of the Bath (ribbon).svg March 1996
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Presidential Medal of Freedom Presidential Medal of Freedom (ribbon).svg July 2003Washington, D.C.
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Medal of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay Medal of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay - ribbon bar.gif September 1996Montevideo

Awards

Memorials

Vaclav Havel Square in Prague, 2016 Praha, Namesti Vaclava Havla, srdce Kurta Gebauera (4710).jpg
Václav Havel Square in Prague, 2016

Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent

In April 2012, Havel's widow, Dagmar Havlová, authorized the creation of the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent. The prize was created by the New York-based Human Rights Foundation and is awarded at the annual Oslo Freedom Forum. The prize "will celebrate those who engage in creative dissent, exhibiting courage and creativity to challenge injustice and live in truth". [115]

Václav Havel Library

The Václav Havel Library, located in Prague, is a charitable organization founded by Dagmar Havlová, Karel Schwarzenberg and Miloslav Petrusek on 26 July 2004. It maintains a collection of pictorial, audio and written materials and other artefacts linked to Václav Havel. [116] [117] The institution gathers these materials for the purpose of digitisation, documentation and research and to promote his ideas. It organises lectures, [118] holds conferences and social and cultural events that introduce the public to the work of Václav Havel and club discussion meetings on current social issues. It runs educational activities for second-level students. It is also involved in the issuing of publications.[ citation needed ] The library makes accessible Václav Havel's literary, philosophical and political writings, and provides a digital reading room for researchers and students in the Czech Republic and elsewhere.[ citation needed ]

In May 2012, the library opened a branch in New York City named the Václav Havel Library Foundation. In 2014, the Václav Havel Library moved to larger premises at Ostrovni 13, in the centre of Prague. [119]

Václav Havel Building of the European Parliament

In July 2017, the European Parliament opened a new building on its official Strasbourg site. The building was named after Havel and decorated with a bust of the former Czech president. [120] [121]

Václav Havel Memory in Zagreb

On 4 October 2016, the day before what would have been the 80th birthday of Václav Havel, his photograph was presented on the fountain in Croatian capital Zagreb. Croatian-Czech Society proposed the Václav Havel Street in Zagreb. [122]

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Václav Havel photograph on the fountain in Zagreb, Croatia

Václav Havel Boulevard and memorial plaque in Kyiv

In November 2016, Václav Havel Boulevard was opened in Kyiv, Ukraine. The new name has replaced the one given during Soviet era when boulevard was named in honor of the Communist politician Jānis Lepse. In December, First Deputy Chairman Iryna Herashchenko along with Minister of Culture of Czech Republic Daniel Herman and Minister of Culture of Ukraine Yevhen Nyshchuk opened memorial plaque in honor of Václav Havel.

Václav Havel Bench

The Václav Havel Bench (Havel's Place) is an artistic and urban utility project, created by Czech architect and designer Bořek Šípek. [123] It is composed of two wooden garden chairs connected by a round table, which has a hole inside. A linden, the Czech national tree, is growing through this hole. These benches can be found in many Czech towns as well as in some foreign locations such as Washington, D.C., Dublin, Lisbon, and Barcelona.

Sculptures and busts

On 19 November 2014, a bust of Havel, created by Czech-American artist Lubomír Janečka, was unveiled at the U.S. Congress, commemorating the 25-year anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. Havel is the fourth European ever to be honored by having a bust of himself in the U.S. Congress, after Winston Churchill, Raoul Wallenberg and Lajos Kossuth. [124] Another sculpture of Havel is placed in a boardroom of Leinster House in Dublin, the historical seat of the Oireachtas, the Irish National Parliament. [125]

On 22 June 2017 a statue of Václav Havel created by Georgian sculptor Jumber Jikia was unveiled in Tbilisi, Georgia. [126]

The Václav Havel Library Foundation donated a bust of Havel to Columbia University in New York City. This bust was unveiled on 27 September 2018 while Havel was being honored by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. [127]

Works

Collections of poetry

Plays

Nonfiction books

Fiction books for children

Films

Music

Cultural references

Václav Havel has been portrayed, as himself or a character based on him, in a number of feature and television films:

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lucerna Music Bar</span> Music club in Prague, Czechia

Lucerna Music Bar is a concert club housed within Lucerna Palace, located inside a pedestrian walkway, or "passage", in architectural terms, that connects Vodičkova and Štěpánská streets near historic Wenceslas Square, in the New Town area of Prague in the Czech Republic. The name Lucerna means "lantern" in Czech. Lucerna Palace is an Art Nouveau/Modernist edifice built by former President Václav Havel's grandfather Vácslav Havel. Lucerna Music Bar is one of the venues within Lucerna Palace involved in the Prague International Jazz Festival and the AghaRTA Prague Jazz Festival. It was used for the Václav Havel Tribute Concert, held in the former president's honor, upon his death in 2011. The venue, opened in 1995, has played an important role in giving exposure to many Czech bands. Today, it holds discos on Friday and Saturday nights, and during the week, it mainly hosts live music.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jan Novák (writer)</span>

Jan Novák is a Czech-American writer, screenwriter and playwright. He writes in both Czech and English, frequently translating his work. He has received awards in both the United States and the Czech Republic. He has worked closely with such figures as Václav Havel and Miloš Forman.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jan Lacina (Czech politician)</span> Czech politician

Jan Lacina is a Czech politician, since October 2022 Councillor of Prague 6 district, and since October 2021 a member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic. He is the vice-chairman of the Committee on Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, a member of the Electoral Committee, a member of the Standing Committee on the Control of the National Security Office and the Permanent Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where he serves in the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy and the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media.

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Primary sources

Works by Václav Havel

Media interviews with Václav Havel

Biographies

Political offices
Preceded by President of Czechoslovakia
1989–1992
Office abolished
New office President of the Czech Republic
1993–2003
Succeeded by