A Mournful Anniversary...
In 1942, Reinhard Heydrich was the Reichsprotektor of the Nazi German Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. This area of the former Czechoslovakia had been ruthlessly and illegally occupied by Germany since 1939.
On the morning of Wednesday May 27, 1942, he was being driven from his country villa at Panenske Brezany to his office at the Hradcany Castle in Prague. When he reached the Holešovice area of Prague, his car was attacked by two Czechoslovak resistance fighters, Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš.
These men, who had been trained in Britain, had parachuted into Czechoslovakia in December, 1941, as part of Operation Anthropoid. After Gabcik's sten gun failed, Kubis threw a bomb at the Heydrich's car. Heydrich was fatally injured by the explosion.
Both the parachutists managed to escape the scene of the assassination and hide in places that had been prepared in advance. On June 4, 1942, after lingering for days, Heydrich died in Bulovka hospital in Prague from blood poisoning caused by pieces of upholstery entering his body when the bomb thrown at his car exploded.
Hitler, the Führer of the German Reich, was shocked by the assassination and enraged, ordered Kurt Daluege, Heydrich's replacement, to wade through blood to find Heydrich's killers. The Germans began a massive and bloody unprecedented retaliation campaign targeted against the entire Czech population.
The mourning speeches over Heydrich's coffin were not over in Berlin when on June 9, 1942 the decision was made to "make up for his death" by a bloody end to Lidice.
Tomorrow is a mournful anniversary. It is the anniversary of the destruction of the Czechoslovakian town of Lidice by Adolf Hitler. I am half Czechoslovakian, so this is something that means something to me. Please, look at the pictures above the Lidice Rose, and keep them in your thoughts that it may never happen again.