Bank holiday - November 17th

27. 9. 2021 -

There is a bank holiday on Wednesday, November 17th. The university will be closed as well as some of the shops.

 

WHY?

In 1939 there was a student demonstration against the Nazi occupation. After this demonstration, on November 17 the Nazis closed all Czech universities and colleges, sent over 1200 Czech students to concentration camps, and executed 9 of them. In memory of this, November 17 is marked as International Students Day.

50 years later in 1989 students organized a demonstration to commemorate International Students Day, but the demonstration turned into one against the Communist government. November 1989 marked the beginning of the Velvet Revolution.

Together these two events created a significant movement in the fight for freedom and democracy for the Czech people.

 

An article about history here

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