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Mutual Inspirations Festival 2022 - Voskovec & Werich


V & W

V & W

Werich and Voskovec, legends of Czech theatre, film and literature, will forever be remembered in the hearts of the Czech people. Voskovec had planned to visit his homeland during the Prague Spring but it was too late to do so once the Soviet tanks rolled in. Werich died of cancer in 1981, just months after his wife died and before his daughter prematurely died of cancer as well. After his death, it was determined that he also had a son out of wedlock. Ironically, suffering a heart attack, Voskovec survived Werich by only eight months. They are buried together at the Olšanské Cemetery in Prague as the ashes of Voskovec were brought back to Czechoslovakia in 1990 after the Velvet Revolution, which re-established democracy. Their memorial is designed as the two letters V and W, with their names smiling, making them inseparable even in death.
 

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