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Václav Havel

(5 October 1936 - 18 December 2011)

► Czech statesman, writer, humanist, absurd drama playwright and former dissident.  

► One of the most important figures in modern history of the Czech Republic.

► The first democratically elected president of the Czech Republic.

► Key figure of the non violent, so-called "Velvet Revolution", which caused the fall of the Communist Regime in former Czechoslovakia. 

► His words: "Truth and love must triumph over lies and hatred" have become a symbol of revolutionary democratic change.

► Laureate of Sonning (1991) and Karen Blixen (1997) Danish Prize.  

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