Saturday, December 12, 2015

Attention: University Administrators and Students

Oh, but what talk it was! For the first time in twenty years, and for the first time ever for those born in the Communist period, everything, but everything was up for debate, questioning and criticism, be it private ownership, the leading role of the Party, freedom of religion, free travel, Soviet Gulags, flower power or gender equality. All this was debated, formally and informally, at hundreds of organized and improvised meetings, in lecture halls, meeting rooms, cafes and bars, in bed and in the street. New associations and clubs were springing up right and left, with or without official sanction.

- From Havel: A Life by Michael Zantovsky

[Here is a clip about a film on that time period. It can be ordered on Amazon.]


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