Vaclav Havel: Playwright, Poet, President, Advocate for 'The Individual' (Video)
Marquand, Robert, The Christian Science Monitor
Vaclav Havel not only led a peaceful 'Velvet Revolution' in Czechoslovakia, but inspired similar revolutions around the world with ideas that still resonate today. Vaclav Havel passed away on Sunday.
"People, your government has returned to you."
The words of Vaclav Havel's 1990 New Year's address to what was then Czechoslovakia were heard with a mixture of joy and disbelief by crowds holding candles on Wenceslas Square. History had taken a new turn: The Soviets were out and Havel was "in the castle" in Prague, as president, in a bloodless Velvet Revolution that changed the world in ways completely unforeseen in the West and East.
Impish, shy, a playwright …
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Publication information: Article title: Vaclav Havel: Playwright, Poet, President, Advocate for 'The Individual' (Video). Contributors: Marquand, Robert - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: December 19, 2011. Page number: Not available. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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