December 19, 2011
The Courage of Vaclav Havel
Daily Telegraph, Daily Telegraph
It is given to few people to change the course of history. Václav Havel, who died yesterday aged 75, was one of them. Along with Lech Walesa, co-founder of Solidarity, he played a decisive role in the most momentous event of this generation, the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. An intellectual from a wealthy background, he was in striking contrast to his Polish brother-in-arms, an electrician who rose to prominence through the trade union movement. Both men were imprisoned by the Communists and both went on to become presidents of their liberated countries.
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