Václav Havel at the tomb of Jaromír Šavrda, Ostrava, 1990. Photo
Just few days after he was elected president, Václav Havel travelled to Ostrava on 3 January 1990. The so-called “Steel Heart of the Republic” therefore became the first city (besides Prague) visited by Havel as the president. Havel’s first steps led to Jaromír Šavrda’s grave at the Ostrava-Hrabová cemetery. There he paid tribute, by taking a bow and laying flowers, to the significant Ostrava writer, journalist, dissident and his own friend who died in May 1988 shortly before the Velvet Revolution. Havel’s symbolic gesture helped to spread awareness of Jaromír Šavrda; many Ostrava citizens first heard of him thanks to Václav Havel’s visit. The iconic pictures of the event are now part of the Jaromír and Dolores Šavrda Collection in the Ostrava City Archive.
Ostrava, Czech Republic
- Ostrava City Archives
- Kůželová, Michaela
Ostravský informační servis. 2018. "Havel v Hrabové." Accessed October 22. https://www.ostravainfo.cz/cz/objevuj-ostravu/neznama-ostrava/8-havel-v-hrabove.html.