Message of student solidarity still powerful after more than seventy years
One of the early atrocities of World War Two was the violent suppression of protests by Czech university students on 28 October 1939. This was just over six months after German troops had marched into Prague. One student was killed and three weeks later a further nine were executed. Twelve hundred more were sent to concentration camps. The news caused outrage in countries fighting Nazi Germany and 17 November was declared International Students’ Day. With the help of staff from the Czech Radio archive, David Vaughan and students from the Anglo-American University in Prague have uncovered a unique radio play, produced in wartime London in response to these tragic events.
Before we listen to the whole radio play, presumably just as it would have been heard by a wartime British audience, we start with some reflections on it from Anglo-American University students, Assel Biyeva, Julie Singer, Lizaveta Malinouskaya and Naďa Kotaishová. Many thanks to them for their detective work. If you happen to have some more information about this wartime broadcast, we would love to hear from you!