Vaclav Havel

One of the most moving words written by the poet playwright president Vaclav Havel, are in the Foreword to the book about the children in the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp during the Nazi occupation of the Czech land Protectorates of Bohemia and Moravia in World War II.

— Karim

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but, the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

— Vaclav Havel

With a heavy heart I have more than once encountered the delicate testimony of the longings, dreams and experiences of the Terezin children. I still read the poems of the children from Terezin. They are full of longings for a world different from the miserable life they led, a longing for games and freedom, for gentleness and beauty.

I look at their drawings. There is only a shadow of grief and anxiety in them, there is much more about dreams of spring, of flowers, of butterflies, birds, and a great longing to be happy and carefree.

— Vaclav Havel