Together we’ll rediscover the significant political contribution of Czechoslovak students in the struggle against authoritarian regimes and learn why 17th of November is recognised as International Students’ Day. We will learn about the origins of this day of remembrance in Nazi occupied Prague and see its significance in helping bring about the collapse of Communism in 1989. We will follow the steps of the student protesters of 1989 and relive the day moment by moment, from the gathering at Albertov, through the historic Vyšehrad site, down to the brutal suppression of the student protests by Communist authorities on Národní třída. If you join us, you will support the activities of our NGO and experience a unique aspect of political life in Czechoslovakia.
Tomas, Kristyna, Dan, Tereza, Alex
We are members of Political Prisoners.eu (in Czech Politicti vezni.cz), NGO dedicated to documenting and preserving the history of political prisoners in socialist Czechoslovakia. We have interviewed countless survivors of communist persecution and preserve their experiences. Tomas is the founder, while his colleagues DAN, KRISTYNA, TEREZA and ALEX are scholars with study experiences in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. They have an avid passion for 'living' history and on-site lecturing; history that is meaningful and relevant, with a clear sense of place and individual character.
Political Prisoners.eu is a Prague-based, unsubsidized research initiative whose primary purpose is to collect and disseminate the oral histories of the political prisoners who survived Czechoslovakian prisons under socialist dictatorship. We hold regular historical conferences, youth camps, and compile the Czechoslovak Political Prisoners anthology to enable these stories to cross the globe.
Local Czech drink The first round is on us! We will relax with a drink in a memorable and authentic café.
We´ll guide you through: Albertov, the university district of Prague Vyšehrad, a Czech historic landmark overlooking the city Slavín memorial and the Vyšehrad cemetery Scenic walk along the river in the footprints of 11/1989 Národní třída and the Velvet Revolution Memorial
We are going to walk for about 1.5 hours with stops at local non-tourist places. Bring your camera and comfortable shoes & clothes.
Students’ Velvet Revolution