Václav Havel

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  • East and West Berliners dance together on the top of the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate on Nov. 10, 1989, to celebrate the opening of the border between East and West Germany. Built in 1961 of concrete topped by barbed wire, the wall dividing Berlin became one of the most powerful symbols of the Cold War. (Associated Press)

    Artists marginalized by own revolution

    Artists and other cultural figures played an outsized role in the demise of governments in the old Soviet satellites — a role that has diminished as societies have opened up to a freer interchange of ideas with the rest of the world.

  • New Prague Spring

    They came to Prague from around the world to share a vision of democracy and freedom. In this city of so much history and inspiration, an unprecedented conference was organized by Jose Maria Aznar, Vaclav Havel and Natan Sharansky titled "Democracy and Security." But its principal purpose, notwithstanding the stated title, was uniting dissidents who have committed themselves to a defense of freedom without the slightest regard for their personal safety.

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