​Oxford

  • installation date: November 6, 2014
  • address: Oxford University Parks, United Kingdom
  • foto: © Jolly Thompson

Oxford University recalled the events of November 1989 in Czechoslovakia with the event Velvet Day, which took place at Harris Manchester College. It included the unveiling of a Václav Havel’s Place as well as the official opening of the new Sekyra House student centre, named after the Czech entrepreneur who funded its construction. The centre also features a lecture hall named after the priest Tomáš Halík.

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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