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Opening of the exhibit on the Velvet Revolution at the George Washington University

Opening of the exhibit on the Velvet Revolution at the George Washington University

24.10.2019 | Aktivity veľvyslancov | Kultúrna diplomacia | Kultúrna prezentácia | Prezentácia Slovenska v zahraničí |

During his working visit in Washington, D.C., on October 22nd, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák officially opened an exhibit dedicated to the Velvet Revolution. The exhibit was organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989 by the Embassy of Slovakia, in cooperation with the Nation’s memory Institute (ÚPN) and the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University.


The Minister was joined at the opening by the Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador Phillip Reeker, and the representatives of our partner institutions, Director of the IERES, Marlene Laurelle, and Chairman of the ÚPN, Ján Fálffy.


Minister Lajčák in his remarks highlighted the events of November 1989 and the role that the U.S. played in the defense of democracy in the last century and in the period that followed the fall of the communist regime. He mentioned that democracy is among those values that need to be protected, because there are forces actively engaged in undermining it even today.


According to him, the communist regime stripped the people of the values of freedom and human dignity that, in turn, allowed us to prosper since the democratic changes occurred. It was on the academic soil where he stressed that the prelude to the Velvet Revolution was a student protest in Bratislava on November 16, 1989, attended by courageous young people. 


The exhibition opened by Minister Lajčák consists of 19 large-scale panels and a projection of historic photographs taken during the Revolution. It will be available to students and the public in the exhibit space of the Elliott School until spring 2020. The Embassy, in cooperation with its network of honorary consulates, plans to open the exhibit in several other U.S. cities in November this year.