November 17

November 17

We have days when human bravery has imprinted more markedly than in others. There are days that should not be forgotten. There are days to remember.

The Day of Fight for Freedom and Democracy, as well known as the International Student Day, belongs among our most important holidays. It reminds us mainly of two events, namely from the years 1939 and 1989. On the night of November 16-17, 1939, the universities in Prague, Brno and Příbram were occupied and closed for 3 long years. It was only the beginning of a cruel reaction to a student anti-Nazi demonstration at the funeral of Jan Opletal (on 28th of October). The second event, which took place on 17th of November, 1989, was originally a reminder of that event from the beginning of World War II, but grew into a protest and demonstration against the communist regime and in the final analysis, at the beginning of the Velvet Revolution.

For us, this day is a symbol of resistance to the totalitarian regime. If you are more interested and would like to know the details and important places associated with this day, we will be happy to arrange a tour with a qualified guide who will guide you not only in the footsteps of brave students, but also a very important break point in our history.

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