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<nettime> In Memoriam Vaclav Havel
Patrice Riemens on Sun, 25 Dec 2011 18:17:51 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> In Memoriam Vaclav Havel

Somewhere in the very early nineties I happened to be in Budapest just a
few days after a big public ceremony in commemoration of Imra Nagy, the
short time Hungarian prime minister executed after the supressed uprising
of 1956. I went to the cemetary where he had been (re-)burried, and all
the wreaths were still on the tumb. One of them carried ribbons in the
blue, red and white colors of Tchecoslovaquia and was inscribed "Vaclav
Havel President CSSR". Then I thought "Yes, the times, they have changed".
Vaclav Havel was very much part of that change, which we have all in us.
It is emblematic for Vaclav Havel that he requested on his grave be
mentionned only his name, date of birth, date of death, nothing else.

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