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More Than Words: Václav Havel – winner of the 1989 Peace Prize

Looking back on Václav Havels's acceptance speech

In October 1989, Václav Havel received the Peace Prize of the German Booksellers Association, which he was unable to accept in person. His acceptance speech “Words on Words”, which is about the power of words and their responsible usage, is more relevant than ever today. What can we learn from history? How powerful are words? What are we allowed to say today – and where and how?



Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
60327 Frankfurt am Main

Kulturministerium der Tschechischen Republik, Mährische Landesbibliothek und Václav Havel Bibliothek Prag
The event is free of charge


Hans Maier

political scientist

Alexander Aleksejewitsch Drozdow

Leiter des Boris-Jelzin-Präsidialzentrums in Jekaterinburg / executive director of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre in Yekaterinburg

Michael Žantovský

spokesman and political advisor to President Václav Havel (1990–1992), former ambassador