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Posted by on Dec 18, 2011 in Passages | 4 comments

Vaclav Havel Dies

Vaclav Havel, the leader of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia during the late 1980’s has died at the age of 75.

Havel is credited not only with inspiring the revolt which led to the collapse of Communism in his own country but also with helping to start the dominos falling all across Eastern Europe.

He was for decades a leader of the underground opposition in the one party state, risking prison or death at the hands of the dictatorship.

I remember the amazing events of 1989 and how quickly it seemed that the Warsaw Pact collapsed. I also had the pleasure of briefly meeting Mr. Havel during a visit to Sacramento and he did have that quiet dignity seen in that kind of leader.

May he rest in peace.

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  • The_Ohioan

    I remember Mr. Havel saying that he didn’t remember what he said in the most famous speech that led to the uprising.

    Sometimes it seems people like he, MLK, Jr., Martin Luther, etc. are inspired with some spirit above and beyond the norm that allows them to speak to and for the better angels of our nature, for justice.

    He was the Man for his time, and he will be missed.

  • rudi

    The fall of the Eastern block came about because of men like Havel, Wa??sa and Gorbachev – not Ronny Reagan.

  • PJBFan

    Mr. Havel shall be missed. His work helped to bring to a close the evil of Communism in Europe as a major force. His work was unfinished, but it was masterful and great.

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    you said it PJB, and to reagan you can add the pope JPII. The absurdity of attribution to them is absurdist beyond the absurd.

    And Ohioan, well said

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