Photo: Vít Hassan for PrahaIN.cz/Commemoration of the Prague Uprising
Video: President of the Senate Milos Vystril, Chamber of Deputies Marketa Pekarova Adamova and the Mayor of Prague participate in a memorial service to mark the anniversary of the Prague Uprising.
“For us, the Prague Uprising is a message about the heroism of our ancestors and the sacrifices we were willing to make to gain freedom,” Vystrčil said on the spot.
According to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, “The struggle for democracy and freedom never stops, it is a perpetual process that affects every generation.”
Mayor Bohuslau Svoboda later said: “Memories fade too easily and must be preserved. It is important for the younger generation to know what their parents and grandparents went through, what democracy means, what it costs, and how it costs human lives.”
Defense Minister Jana Chernokova, Labor and Social Affairs Minister Marian Jureka, MP Olga Richterova and former presidential candidate Jiri Trahos also attended.
PrahaIN.cz also looked at the ranking of the leading representatives of the state.
In the first row stood the President of the Senate, Vystrčil, and a little further from him was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pegarova Adamova. Behind her are the deputies of the lower house, Vera Kovarova and Olga Richterova. In the same vein, Labor and Social Affairs Minister Jurega. Behind them is Defense Minister Chernochova.
The sequence was often determined by a so-called hierarchical and wreath-laying system. The President was represented by Pavel Jana Vohraliková (next to Milos Vistril), followed by the Chambers and the Government.
The Prague Uprising broke out in Prague on May 5, 1945, preceded by news of the gradual surrender of the German army, and the death of Adolf Hitler. But the first riots in the republic appeared before May 1.
In April 1945, the Germans built barricades to defend Prague, which the people of Prague used against them shortly after. By the morning of May 5, people had already started building another one. The construction of barricades was directed by local military commanders. According to the Municipal Museum, there were 2,200 such barriers in Prague, made of furniture, construction materials, and in some places they were even used by public transport vehicles. About 3,000 people died during the Prague Uprising.
Conclusion of II. World War II began with Germany’s unconditional surrender on May 8.