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PHOTO: Nine Hundred Pages of the Havel Family  26/09/18

Ceremonial presentation of Václav M. Havel’s book Mé vzpomínky (My Memoirs). The memoirs of Václav Maria Havel, father of President Václav Havel and the scientist Ivan M. Havel can be read in several ways. As a self-portrait of a personality whose entrepreneurial spirit was naturally married to social responsibility. As a chronicle of one of the most prominent families in early 20th century Prague. Or as a monumental fresco of the beginnings of modern Czech history. After all, it was Václav M. Havel who stood at the head of key student and civic activities in the First Republic, who built the Lucerna Palace, who founded the new Prague district of Barrandov… The book is coming out in the original form conceived by the author and contains more than 300 period photographs and archival documents, the majority of which were previously unpublished. Ivan M. Havel and the editors Jana Čechurová, Jan M. Heller and Pavel Hájek discussed the title. More

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PHOTO: Jacques Rupnik Reflects on Central Europe in New Collection  19/09/18

Střední Evropa Je Jako Pták S Očima Vzadu (Central Europe is Like a Bird With Eyes in the Back of its Head) offers Jacques Rupnik’s view of Czech history and politics and more than anything a careful analysis and monitoring of the causes and results of various events, ranging from the creation of Czechoslovakia to contemporary positions on migration and the European Union. Karel Hvížďala and Jiřina Šiklová discussed the essay collection with Jacques Rupnik while Michael Žantovský moderated the debate. Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with publishers Novela bohemica. More

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PHOTO: August 1968 in Liberec  07/09/18

Discussion centred on the tragic events of August 1968 in Liberec, where Warsaw Pact troops killed nine people and injured dozens in the initial days of the invasion. The then resistance included broadcasts by the radio station in Liberec involving Václav Havel and Jan Tříska. Speakers included architect Miroslav Masák, historian Markéta Lhotová and a number of others. Moderated by Tomáš Černý. Organised in cooperation with the Museum of North Bohemia in Liberec. More

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VIDEO: Let´s Rock!  03/09/18

We´ve just started our new season. Let´s take a look inside! More

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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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18/10/18 19:00

The Case of Josef Mengele Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00

1949: Josef Mengele arrives in Argentina. Disguised and under various pseudonyms, Auschwitz’s “Angel of Death” attempts to start a new life in Buenos Aires. Peron’s Argentina is hospitable to former Nazis and it seems that the whole world wishes to forget the crimes of WWII. However, the hunt for war criminals is gaining momentum and Mengele is forced to flee to Paraguay and later Brazil. He changes his identity, hiding places and locations and, consumed by disgrace, finds no rest until his mysterious death on a beach in 1979. How is it possible that this top Nazi managed to evade capture for 30 years? How come Nazi-hunting agents didn’t succeed in capturing Mengele? Which secret services helped him? More

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