Václav Havel

Czechoslovakia

5 October 1936 – 18 December 2011

was a playwright, essayist, poet, and politician

First president of Czech Republic


“Lying can never save us from another lie.” Vaclav Havel

Political Life

  • moral authority
  • moving use of the Czech language
  • the dominant figure during Prague street demonstrations in 1989
  • as the chief behind-the-scenes negotiator who brought about the end of more than 40 years of Communist rule
  • Responsible for the peaceful transfer of power known as the Velvet Revolution
  • a revolt so smooth that it took just weeks to complete without a single shot fired.

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