The anniversary of Velvet Revolution celebrated by Czech Post

October 31st, 2014

According to info got by Czech Post is to issue a special stamp to celebrate the anniversary of Velvet Revolution. The stamp features symbols of statehood, the state colours and the state emblem (the stylization is inspired by the Gothic Parler's emblem). They are accompanied by dates and the text "We do not forget" referring to the given events. The item is to be released on the 5th of November.

The 17th of November belongs to the major dates in the history of the Czech Republic.

In 1939, the Nazis took a brutal action against Czech university students. Fifty years later, the Velvet Revolution started.

The anti-occupation mood intensifying in late 1939 culminated on the 15th of November when people decided to commemorate Jan Opletal, a student of medicine at Charles University deadly shot at a demonstration held on the day of the 21st anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia.

During the night of the 16th and 17th of November, German policemen assisted by SS troops mercilessly carried out the order of the German Führer. All ten Czech universities were closed, nine student leaders were executed in Prague-Ruzyně, and 1,200 students were beaten and sent to concentration camps. These events led to the declaration of the 17th of November as the International Student Day in London in 1941. This is the only internationally recognized holiday originated in the Czech Republic.

On the 17th of November 1989, one week after the fall of the Berlin wall, the Velvet Revolution started in Prague. At four o'clock in the afternoon, groups of students gathered in front of the seat of the Faculty of Medicine in Prague's Albertov to commemorate the tragic events that had happened fifty years before that time. The initially calm demonstration soon turned into a fight for freedom, democracy and political reforms.