Torch No. 2 (24. 2. 2015)
Added: February 26, 2015
An Evening of Recollections of Jan Zajíc.
On 25 February 1969 Jan Zajíc, a student at a railway technical college in Šumperk, doused himself in flammable material and set himself alight in a building on Prague’s Wenceslas Square.
He was following the lead of Jan Palach, who had hoped by immolating himself to shake the domestic public out of the resignation they had begun falling into less than five months after the occupation of Czechoslovakia in August. Jan Zajíc became the most significant of Palach’s followers. His life story, motives for the shocking protest and the reaction of the public and the regime will be remembered.
Chaired by Petr Blažek. In cooperation with the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.