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  • Opinion: Hitchens, Havel and Chomsky

    December 26, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    Christopher Hitchens, the acerbic critic, and Vaclav Havel, the Czech leader, had one odd thing in common—besides passing away in the same week.

    They both ran afoul of Noam Chomsky. Contrary to some murmurs in the blogosphere, Hitchens and Havel didn’t meet in 1988 when Hitchens...

  • For Jews, Vaclav Havel wasn’t just a friend but a champion of freedom

    December 20, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Vaclav Havel was a friend of the Jews and of Israel, but prominent Jews who mourned his passing this week said the Czech leader’s greatest legacy was his universal message of freedom.

    “Vaclav Havel was one of the few islands of intellectual freedom in the sea of totalitarian...

  • Czech Jews mourn Vaclav Havel, revolution leader and ex-Czech president

    December 19, 2011 | 11:11 am

    Along with their fellow countrymen, Czech Jews mourned the death of former President Vaclav Havel.

    Havel, who as Czechoslovakia’s first post-Communist president repeatedly denounced anti-Semitism, died Sunday at 75 after a long illness.

    A statement from the Federation of Czech...

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