Nový Bor

  • installation date: November 19, 2014
  • address: náměstí Míru, Nový Bor, Česká republika
  • photo (c) Tomáš Lánský, 5plus2.cz

The Václav Havel’s Place was unveiled during the opening of a newly renovated part of the main square on a day of commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. Alongside members of the general public, it was attended by representatives of the town of Nový Bor, the Liberec Region, the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and direct participants in the events of 1989. Bořek Šípek, creator of the Václav Havel’s Place project, also took part.

Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay

„The overall question, then, is this: What profound intellectual and moral impotence will the nation suffer tomorrow, following the castration of its culture today? I fear that the baneful effects on society will outlast by many years the particular political interests that gave rise to them. So much more guilty, in the eyes of history, are those who have sacrificed the country’s spiritual future for the sake of their present power interests.“

Václav Havel:
Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975

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