Anniversary of the October Revolution of 1917

Anniversary of the October Revolution of 1917 – an official holiday observed on the 7th of November commemorating the outbreak of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. It became an official holiday in Poland after the World War II. Ceremonies and speeches were held at schools, official institutions and employing establishments, military parades were organized and ceremonials were arranged around the statues symbolizing Polish-Soviet friendship or the camaraderie of arms. During the holiday people would be reminded of the significant influence of the revolution on the development of the worldwide democracy, the Soviet Union’s substantial contribution to the recovery of freedom by Poland in 1918 and 1945, as well as of benefits of the Polish-Soviet alliance. The celebrations of the anniversary of the revolution were the climax of the month of the Polish-Soviet friendship. The holiday ceased to be observed in 1989.

The term was created within the framework of the project Zapisywanie świata żydowskiego w Polsce [recording the Jewish environment in Poland], whose author is Anka Grupińska, a well-known Polish journalist and writer, specializing in the modern history of the Polish Jews. The project, initiated in 2006 by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, consists in recording interviews with Polish Jews from all generations.
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