Czech student Jan Zajíc was born on 3 July 1950 and studied at the secondary school in Šumperk.

In 1969 he joined a hunger strike in commemoration of the self-immolation of the university student Jan Palach and on 25 February 1969 he travelled to Prague to warn the public against the political normalization. He set himself on fire in the passage on Wenceslas square and died immediately. His burial was prohibited by the State Secret Police in order to avoid the massive demonstration which took place after Jan Palach’s self-immolation.

Jan Zajíc was buried in his hometown Vítkov.

After the Velvet Revolution, in honour of both Palach and Zajíc a bronze cross was set into the ground in front of the National Museum in Wenceslas Square.