Vaclav Havel receives Truman-Reagan Medal | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

Vaclav Havel receives Truman-Reagan Medal

Czech writer, dissident, and statesman Vaclav Havel, who served as the first President of the post-Soviet Czech Republic, was one of Communism’s most determined opponents. In addition to leading his country for fourteen years, including through the bloodless “Velvet Revolution,” Havel was an influential dissident intellectual and playwright who described how Communism forced citizens to “live a lie.”