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Mar 19, 2015 7:00 PM


THURSDAY FORUM. Documentary film Lidice, followed by a talk with Czech Ambassador to the U.S. Petr Gandalovič about Operation Anthropoid.


LIDICE, dir. Pavel Háša, 1965, 36 min, in Czech with English subtitles
Documentary followed by a talk with Czech Ambassador to the US Petr Gandalovič about Operation Anthropoid.

In June 1942, Lidice, a village in Czechoslovakia, ceased to exist. Lidice had been implicated in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi controller of Bohemia and Moravia, and Hitler’s order was given to “teach the Czechs a final lesson of subservience and humility”.

On May 27th, 1942, Heydrich was attacked by British-trained freedom fighters - one born in the current Czech Republic and the other, Jozef Gabcik, born in Slovakia. A grenade attack on his car left him fatally wounded and he died on June 4th. Hitler had always had a high opinion of Heydrich. Some believe that Hitler was grooming Heydrich to succeed him and the Fuehrer said that “he has a heart of iron”. Energetic and efficient, Heydrich brought a reign of terror to Czechoslovakia and his death enraged Hitler.

On June 10, 1942, the German government announced that it had destroyed the small village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, killing every adult male and some fifty-two women. All surviving women and children were then deported to concentration camps, or if found suitable to be "Germanized", sent to the greater Reich. The Nazi's then proudly proclaimed that the village  of Lidice, it's residents, and its very name, were now forever blotted from memory.

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Mar 19, 2015 7:00 PM


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