In 2013 the Czech civic organization Political Prisoners.eu launched a new project aimed at exploring Václav Havel’s prison experience. The newly designed website dedicated to this project under the domain prisonerhavel.eu / vezenhavel.cz will gather different sources of information such as documents from institutions of repression, documents of human rights
organizations defending Václav Havel, documents regarding the reception of Havel’s situation in the official media, samizdat as well as international media, prison correspondence, expressions of solidarity within the dissent and prison memories of Václav Havel, his friends, relatives, and cellmates.
Pieces of structured and transparent information and audiovisual materials will allow for all persons interested in President Havel’s story to understand better one of the key chapters of his life. His prison experience represents an ultimate involvement as well as an important feature shaping the future
career of the statesman who became a leading icon in the fight for human rights and the rights of political prisoners all over the world. Through mapping the prison experience of Václav Havel, we also hope to make available the research of Czechoslovak political imprisonment in the 1970s and 1980s in general.
POLITICAL PRISONERS.EU is a Prague–based (Czech Republic), cross–disciplinary, unsubsidized research project whose primary purpose was until now to collect, analyze and disseminate the life stories of the political prisoners who survived jailing in communist prisons and working camps in the former Czechoslovakia and other countries.