The Jewish Chronicle - - ARTS&BOOKS -

IN HIS mem­oir To the Cas­tle and Back, which Por­to­bello is to pub­lish on June 1, the for­mer Czech Pres­i­dent Vá­clav Havel re­veals the un­likely power of Is­raeli diplo­macy. On his re­turn from the fa­mous 1990 state visit to Is­rael when diplo­matic re­la­tions were es­tab­lished af­ter the Com­mu­nist years, he went straight to a ball where he danced with ac­tress Dag­mar Veškrnová, “in­vited my­self back to her place for cof­fee”, and later mar­ried her.

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