Palachova mohyla, Vysoký vrch, Central Bohemia, CZ
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member haggaeus
N 50° 03.515 E 014° 03.861
33U E 433026 N 5545563
Quick Description: A cairn built as a memorial to Jan Palach at Vysoký vrch hill.
Location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 1/23/2012 12:47:34 PM
Waymark Code: WMDK49
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ddraig Ddu
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Long Description:
On January 16th, 1969, Czech student Jan Palach burned himself to death in a protest against Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia and as a memento against the resignation of Czechoslovak society. Shortly after that, hikers built a small cairn at Vysoky Vrch hill in his memory.

There was no sign, but the dedication of the cairn was a well known secret, and it became a tradition: "if you are hiking up Vysoky Vrch, you should bring a stone from the downhill". The cairn was damaged several times and there were rumors about communist police agents tooking it apart.

Today there is a plain wooden cross with a photograph of Jan Palach, and the nearby sign about history of Vysoky Vrch mentions that the cairn was founded on January 19th, 1969 - I didn't find any sources online which would confirm that.
Cairn Location: Top of the hill - about 30m NE from the lookout tower

Cairn Purpose: Other (please describe in description)

Type if different from above list: Citizen Memorial / Act of Protest

Types of rock: Chert

Cairn Condition:

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