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David Mrnka: «Czech people owe a lot to Milada»

In this Quarter of an Hour, David Mrnka talks with Jorge Elías about the film he made for Netflix based on the struggle of Milada Horáková, a woman human rights defender from the Czech Republic and a victim of totalitarianism. Today is the anniversary of her execution (1950) and we commemorate her fight for democratic principles with this interview. »She once said this very famous line that’s in the movie: ’The Germans didn’t kill me, the Nazis didn’t kill me, but the communists will, my own people will.’ And that’s what’s scary, and not only that, but it fundamentally shows the essence of communism and how the system works. Communism learned from the Nazis and went much further,» says David. If you want to know more about her story, click here to download our book.
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25 years after his visit to Buenos Aires: Václav Havel at CARI

As President of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel visited Buenos Aires on September 27, 1996. On that occasion, after a presentation by a member of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI), Havel gave a brief introduction and then answered questions from local representatives invited by CARI. On the 25th anniversary of his visit to Buenos Aires, thanks to the kindness of CARI, we offer the audio of the activity and the transcription into English of Václav Havel``s speech.

On Parole: 29 years after the Velvet Revolution

We must thank Michael Zantovsky, current executive director of the Václav Havel Library, for the awe, the laughter, the criticism, the almost intimate talk, and the slight psychological detachment provoked by some of the snippets narrated in the life of his friend. Zantovsky has privileged information of Havel and (almost) does not hold back, doing to all human beings a favor.

José Daniel Ferrer sends a very strong thanks for sending Václav Havel biography.

From Santiago de Cuba, José Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) and former political prisoner, thanks CADAL for sending the book “ Havel: una vida”, of Michael Zantovsky and comments how the life of Václav Havel, a Czech human rights defender and former Czech President, has influenced his political activism.

Milada Horáková: Defender of Democracy Against Totalitarianism in Czechoslovakia

On the 23rd of August, the City of Buenos Aires observes the Dayof Remembrance for the Victims of Totalitarianism. The life of Czechactivist Milada Horáková is emblematic of the fight against variousforms of totalitarianism.