Righteous and Dissent in Eastern Europe

The so-called "dissidents" did not act on the basis of a political or ideological project. Instead, a desire to resist nihilism drove them, a willingness to oppose the power's attempt to nullify the response to fundamental human needs.

That is why it is worth clarifying the notion of "dissent" through the words of dissidents: they indicate a precise path.
As Vaclav Havel says: "A man does not turn into a dissident because one fine day he decides to embark on this extravagant career. He does so because inner responsibility, combined with the whole complex of external circumstances, ends up nailing him to this position: he is expelled from the existing structures and brought into confrontation with them."

From the Czech Republic to Poland, from Hungary to East Germany, the Righteous of dissent opposed totalitarianism, participated in the Prague Spring, the Velvet Revolution, or the Solidarity movement, to build environments in which they could live with truth, honor, dignity, and freedom.

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