Vaclav Havel
Václav Havel was born in Czechoslovakia in 1936. Among his plays, those best known in the West are The Garden PartyThe MemorandumLargo Desolato, Temptation, and three one-act plays, AudiencePrivate View, and Protest. He is a founding spokesman of Charter 77 and the author of many influential essays on the nature of totalitarianism and dissent. In 1979 he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for his involvement in the human rights movement. Out of this imprisonment came his book of letters to his wife, Letters to Olga (1981). In 1989 he helped to found the Civic Forum, the first legal opposition movement in Czechoslovakia in 40 years; in December 1989 he was elected president of Czechoslovakia; and in 1994 became the first president of the independent Czech Republic. His memoir, To the Castle and Back, was published in 2007. He died in 2011 at the age of 75.
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Author: Vaclav Havel and Caroline Stoessinger | Narrator: Linda Korn
Release Date: March 20, 2012
The subject of the Academy Award–winning documentary The Lady in Number 6. Music Saved My Life, Alice Herz-Sommer was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor when she died on February 23, 2014. A Century of Wisdom is the true story of her life—an inspiring story of resilience and the power of optimism.
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