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May 5, 2006
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The Former Czech president and a Czech Jewish writer will receive honorary doctorates from the University of Haifa. Vaclav Havel and Arnost Lustig will be honored in late May, according to the Czech daily Pravo. Havel, 69, has been nominated repeatedly for the Nobel peace prize, and Lustig, 79, for the Nobel prize for literature. Lustig, based in the United States since the 1970s, has written more than two dozen books, mainly novels, but also short stories and dramas, most of which concern life and death in Nazi concentration camps. Havel, a playwright who led the anti-Communist movement in Czechoslovakia, has done much for the local Jewish community, advocating restitution of property and Holocaust education.

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