The last president of czechoslovakia and the first president of the czech republic died in his sleep, december 18th václav havel, the last president of czechoslovakia and the first president of the czech republic a playwright whose belief that truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred. Havel, a short, absurdist playwright, had led the bloodless 1989 velvet revolution that toppled one of eastern europe's coldest cold war regimes now he was president of a democratic country, dining at the white house and welcoming the rolling stones, the dalai lama and prince charles to prague, the czech capital city that had become the. Vaclav havel and the slogan that carried him to the presidency: havel to the castle václav havel — the playwright who became an organizer who became a president — died today at age 75 the face of the velvet revolution in czechoslovakia, havel's story expresses the power and the struggle of living on the line between art and politics.
Havel was the de-facto leader of the czechoslovak dissident movement, but it was not a role he enjoyed he hated the intrusive phone calls from newspapers and radio stations, often retreating to. Czechoslovakia turns a playwright into its president december 30, 1990 | by clifford terry, entertainment writer vaclav havel, quoting his friend and mentor, the late philosopher jan patocka. It culminated in the appointment of the country's first non-communist government in more than four decades and the election of vaclav havel, a playwright turned dissident, to the post of president.
An interview earlier this month with outgoing czech president vaclav klaus was routine: spiteful, hysterical, and disparaging of his predecessor, the late poet, playwright and dissident, vaclav havel. Vaclav havel, the czech republic's first president after the velvet revolution against communist rule, has died at the age of 75 the former dissident playwright, who suffered from prolonged ill. Apart from havel, the most important personality in czech politics since the velvet revolution has been václav klaus, who succeeded havel as president in 2003. The czech president and playwright vaclav havel was the most unexpected, and most brilliant, of the new leaders who emerged from east europe's peaceful revolutions against communism poland's lech.
Vaclav havel, a dissident playwright and leading member of the czechoslovak opposition civic forum, waves to wellwishers on december 29, 1989 shortly after he took the oath as president of. From the former president of the czech republic comes this first-hand account of his years in office and the transition to democracy following the fall of communism a renowned playwright, václav havel became one of czechoslovakia's most prominent dissidents under communist rule - and the. Vaclav havel, an anti-communist playwright who became czech president and a worldwide symbol of peace and freedom after leading the bloodless velvet revolution, died at the age of 75 on sunday. Václav havel (1936-2011) was a playwright and poet who played a leading role in bringing an end to communist rule in czechoslovakia havel served as the last president of czechoslovakia (1989-92) and the first president of the czech republic (1993-2003) havel was born into a wealthy.
Vaclav havel, a czech writer who was imprisoned by his country's communist rulers, only to become a symbol of freedom and his nation's first president in the post-communist era, died dec 18. Vaclav havel, the czech republic's first president after the velvet revolution against communist rule, dies at the age of 75. Václav havel (czech pronunciation: [ˈvaːtslaf ˈɦavɛl] ()), 5 october 1936-18 december 2011, was a czech playwright, essayist, dissident and politicianhe was the tenth and last president of czechoslovakia (1989-92.
The bust of the late vaclav havel, the playwright who rose to serve as the first democratically elected president of czechoslovakia in 41 years, was dedicated wednesday in congress' statuary. Czech president vaclav havel on monday (19/10) began a four-day official visit to britain the former dissident playwright, accompanied by his wife, was the guest of queen elizabeth ii and prince. A world-renowned playwright and human rights activist, vaclav havel (born 1936) became the president of czechoslovakia in december 1989, a unique position in european history his literary brilliance, moral ascendancy, and political victories served to make him one of the most respected figures of.
Václav havel was a revolutionary, a poet, a playwright and a president although he was reluctant to become a public figure, he has been one of the most influential people in czech history václav havel's early days. Vaclav havel began his official career as a politician the day he was elected president of czechoslovakia and yet, he in no way lacked experience for the job, having led a moral and philosophical battle against the previous totalitarian regime for most of his life. Václav havel, 5101936 - 18122011 odkazy / links. Vaclav havel, the dissident playwright who wove theater into politics to peacefully bring down communism in czechoslovakia and become a hero of the epic struggle that ended the cold war, has died.