The holiday of 17th of November is celebrated in the Czech Republic and Slovakia as a commemoration of two events of modern Czech history, connected with Czech university students.

17th of November 1939 

The Leadership of Nazi Germany had decided to close Czech universities for three years. On the night of November 16th, Nazi security forces raided Prague, Brno and Příbram with the goal of capturing leaders of student organizations and intern other students. Nine representatives of student leaders were executed, and 1200 arrested students were transferred to the Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg concentration camp.

17th of November 1989 

The beginning of the Velvet Revolution and the fall of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

Students of Prague Universities met at Albertov on Friday 17th of November. Anticommunist chants were heard from the beginning of the demonstration, and the dissolution of the demonstration was demanded.    

Nevertheless, the demonstration was dissolved violently in the night hours and some participants were arrested by force. Assaulting of individuals and groups of on-lookers took place from the side of law enforcement units even after the dissolution.

The independent medical committee later stated that 568 people were injured during the intervention of the 17th of November.


Shops are open during their standard operation hours during this national holiday.    



Part of the services of our centre will move to a new address during December.

The Centre for Foreigners JMK will be closed for visits from 15.12 until 19.12. If you will need to contact our infocentre during these days, you can write to or call +420 734 510 213.

The Adaptation-integration courses of 16.12 will take place without change at our former address.

If your Czech language course would change addresses, you will get information from your teacher.

Legal and social consultations will not be available from 15.12.2022 until 16.1.2023 in the offices at Mezírka 1, but in offices of our partners OPU and Diecézní Charita Brno. We will inform you of the place of consultation when you reserve a meeting.

Our infocentre will be at the new address Kounicova 13 from 20.12. It will only take you 3 additional minutes to get there.