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Dedicate Archive Materials to the Václav Havel Library

It is our endeavour to build up a complete archive of the works and creations coming from the pen of Václav Havel or documents concerning him. This is highly difficult work given that the current owners of many documents are unknown. If you or anybody from your environs is the owner of original texts, correspondence, photographs, speeches or any other works by Václav Havel and you would like to dedicate a copy or the original to the Václav Havel Library, you can contact us. All of these materials have a historical value for us.

Whenever a copy or original is donated to the Václav Havel Library, we will always negotiate the donation conditions with the owner. All of the donors or owners will always be listed in relation to the documentary material.

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Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„Technology – that child of modern science, which in turn is a child of modern metaphysics – is out of humanity’s control, has ceased to serve us, has enslaved us and compelled us to participate in the preparation of our own destruction. And humanity can find no way out: we have no idea and no faith, and even less do we have a political conception to help us bring things back under human control. We look on helplessly as that coldly functioning machine we have created inevitably engulfs us, tearing us away from our natural affiliations (for instance, from our habitat in the widest sense of that word, including our habitat in the biosphere) just as it removes us from the experience of Being and casts us into the world of “existences”.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

Václav Havel’s Prague