Sunday, December 18, 2011

Radio Prague Today 12.18.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Václav Havel: from "bourgeois reactionary" to president

Vaclav Havel was born in 1936 into a family that the communists with their love of labels used to describe as "bourgeois-reactionary". There is certainly no denying that the family was bourgeois. For several generations they were one of the wealthiest and most influential Prague dynasties. Vaclav's grandfather built the famous Lucerna Ballroom and his uncle was the founder of the Barrandov Film Studios, which laid the foundations for the Czech film industry. But in describing the family as "reactionary", the communists were doing the Havels an injustice.

Hero of the Velvet Revolution, Václav Havel, dies at 75

Václav Havel, writer and dramatist, one of the first spokesmen for the Charter 77 human rights movement, a leading figure in the Velvet Revolution of 1989, the last president of the state of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic, died in the night on Sunday at the age of 75. Radio Prague pays tribute to one of the greatest Czechs of modern history.

Czech Republic loses icon of freedom and democracy

Václav Havel, writer and dramatist, one of the first spokesmen for the Charter 77 human rights movement, a leading figure in the Velvet Revolution of 1989, the last president of the state of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic, died in the night on Sunday at the age of 75. Radio Prague pays tribute to one of the greatest Czechs of modern history.

Former Czech president Václav Havel dies aged 75

Former Czech president Václav Havel died on Sunday morning at the age of 75, an assistant to Mr Havel told the news agency ČTK. The former dissident, playwright and politician passed away in his sleep at his beloved country house Hrádeček, in northern Bohemia, tended to by his wife Dagmar.

Former president Václav Havel dies at the age of 75

Former Czech president and playwright Václav Havel died on Sunday morning at the age of 75, several of his former co-workers said. Mr Havel, whose health deteriorated in recent months, only appeared in the public on a few occasions since March when his film, Leaving, was released. The former dissident and Czechoslovakia's first post-communist president suffered from lung heart problems; in 1996, part of his right lung had to be removed due to a tumor.

Former president Václav Havel dies aged 75

Former Czech president and playwright Václav Havel died on Sunday morning at the age of 75, several of his former co-workers said. Mr Havel, whose health deteriorated in recent months, only appeared in the public on a few occasions since March when his film, Leaving, was released. The former dissident and Czechoslovakia's first post-communist president suffered from lung heart problems; in 1996, part of his right lung had to be removed due to a tumor.