Lecture in language


Petr Placák (CZE)

publicist and historian

„It becomes more and more difficult to recollect the immense feeling of disgust that fell off us on November 17th, 1989.“

Petr was a member of the youngest generation of the anti-communist opposition. In the late 1980s, he was one of the organizers of public events against the regime. From 1982 to 1986, he played the clarinet in the band, The Plastic People of the Universe. Under incessant bullying from State Security he worked in various manual professions, he published in Samizdat. Petr Placák says that in 1988 he lived from one anticommunist demonstration to another and that it was clear to him that the regime could collapse only under persistent pressure from the public. 

Today he believes that the demonstrations in Wenceslas Square during Palach Week marked a turning point in the Czech society‘s road to freedom. Among other things by influencing or even changing the More…