Velvet Revolution as Negotiation

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Playwright and Politician Václav Havel

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Havel during the period of negotiations with the ruling Communist Party in November 1989.

Source: Miroslav Zajíc/CORBIS (Entry ID: 001043)

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Reading the paper

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Michael Žantovský, then President Havel's press secretary; Wendy Luers, former president of the Charter 77 foundation - New York; Jan Urban, the correspondent for Lidové noviny newspaper and former spokesman for the Civic Forum Coordinating Center; and William Luers, then president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and former ambassador to Czechoslovakia, examine an issue of The New York Review of Books focused on the revolutions sweeping Eastern Europe in 1989.

Source: The Charter 77 Foundation (Entry ID: 001026)

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Embrace

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November 24, 1989: Miloš Jakeš, head of Czechoslovakia's communist leadership, resigns. Václav Havel embraces Alexander Dubček, the country's leader during the Prague Spring who was ousted after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Source: The Charter 77 Foundation (Entry ID: 001025)