On October ,28 1939, students from the Charles University in Prague held a demonstration to remember the 21st anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Czechoslovakia. The demonstration was violently suppressed by the occupying Nazi regime more then a dozen students were seriously injured, one of the students Jan Opletal later died of his bullet wounds on November 11,1939.
Four days later on November 15 1939 he was laid out and driven through Prague. Over 3,000 students were at the memorial event at the Institute of Pathology and the adjacent chapel.
The protectorate’s government had surprisingly given permission for the funeral procession. The event however quickly turned into another an anti-Nazi demonstration.
As a result, Reichsprotektor Konstantin von Neurath, the Nazi chief of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, initiated the so-called Sonderaktion Prag on the 17th of November 1939. All Czech universities and colleges were closed , and…
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