By Gayane Melikyan
Photos by Armen Simonyan
2019-11-17 10:58
The World is Celebrating International Students' Day
November 17 is celebrated as the International Students' Day in different countries around the world. The International Students' Day in Armenia was marked by the decision of the Government of Armenia in 2014.

Although the day is festive, the reality is at the heart of the bitter and bloody events that have left an indelible mark on history.

The holiday story began in Czechoslovakia. In 1939, on October 28, Prague students and professors came out to mark the anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. The rally was brutally suppressed by fascist invaders, killing the student Ian Opletal. But that's not all. The day of his burial, November 15, also turned into a large protest rally.

Early in the morning of November 17, the Gestapo and the SS surround the student dormitories, resulting in about 1200 students being arrested and sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Many of them were executed.

Before the end of the war, all Czech educational institutions were closed under Hitler's command.

Two years after the events, an international meeting of students fighting against fascism is being held in London, where it was decided to mark November 17 each year as Student's Day in memory of the martyred patriotic students.

In 1946, the World Student Congress in Prague, proclaims November 17 International Student Day.

Few people today remember these bloody events, and many do not even know. But one thing is clear: victorious achieve what they desire sometimes at the cost of life.