Freedom

“Václav Havel once remarked that “Freedom is only one side of the coin, on the other side is responsibility.” Respect for freedom and human rights go hand in hand with personal courage and social responsibility. The legacy of Václav Havel, who embodied those values, must live on.” Zdenek Bakala

Michaela and Zdenek are main supporters of the Library and also directly sponsor various activities defending freedom and human rights around the world.

The Václav Havel Library in Prague promotes the literary and ideological legacy of Václav Havel, the first Czechoslovak post-revolutionary president, and an author, playwright, prominent thinker and defender of human rights. The Václav Havel Library is a venue very much alive with vitality, hosting scholarly and informal meetings and accommodating all people. Its modern documentation centre studies the recent history of the Czech Republic as well as the people, events and phenomena associated with Václav Havel’s legacy. Publishing and archiving activities also feature prominently among the institution’s activities.

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