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A river, about 340 km (210 mi) long, of eastern Germany flowing through Berlin to the Elbe River.


(German ˈhaːfəl)
(Placename) a river in E Germany, flowing south to Berlin, then west and north to join the River Elbe. Length: about 362 km (225 miles)


(Czech ˈhavɛl)
(Biography) Václav (ˈvʌtslav). 1936–2011, Czech dramatist and statesman: founder of the Civil Forum movement for political change: president of Czechoslovakia (1989–92) and of the Czech Republic (1993–2003). His plays include The Garden Party (1963) and Redevelopment (1989)


(ˈhɑ vɛl)
Václav, born 1936, Czech playwright and political leader: president of Czechoslovakia 1989–92, president of the Czech Republic since 1993.
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Noun1.Havel - Czech dramatist and statesman whose plays opposed totalitarianism and who served as president of Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992 and president of the Czech Republic since 1993 (born in 1936)
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It was during these secret meetings where Miroslav also met Vaclav Havel - the future president of Czechoslovakia - who was hiding from Czechoslovakian state security (STB) in a garage outside Liberec.
At the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, Havel became the last president of Czechoslovakia and subsequently the first president of the Czech Republic, serving until 2003.
The TriVista team congratulates Havel for earning this honorable award.
Paradoxically, despite being a director, Gross is a little man with whom Havel associated himself--a good-natured, insignificant, submissive man with a pathetically elevated voice who gets knocked about by everybody.
Woods' thesis is that Havel was censored in the English-speaking world because the response to his plays in Blackwell's translations was less than enthusiastic.
Before he was the last president of Czechoslovakia (1989 - 1992) and the first president of the Czech Republic (1993 - 2003), the late Vaclav Havel (5 October 1936 - 18 December 2011) was an award winning Czech playwright, essayist and poet.
That is where the inaugural Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent -- funded in part by Sergei Brin and Peter Thiel -- was awarded to three individuals who represent what the late Havel called ''the power of the powerless.
It is important to recall that Havel was a major player in the struggle to end communism in Eastern Europe and that the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia was peaceful.
The death of Vaclav Havel this month inspired eulogies around the world to his moral courage.
THE people of Czechoslovakia last celebrated the election of former dissident Vaclav Havel as their first non-communist president since 1948.
At the core of that evil was what Mikhail Gorbachev characterized as a "war on religion," which, among other forms of malevolence, spawned what Vaclav Havel described as "the communist culture of the lie.