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jumjum

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#1 9 years ago

Well, it's late, because I got diverted, but June 10 is the anniversary of the complete eradication of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, which disappeared on Hitler's order in this day in 1942.

SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the military dictator of Bohemia and Moravia

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(which included Czechoslovakia), was perhaps more responsible than any other person for the implementation of "The Final Solution", and was deeply involved in building and fine-tuning the murderous machinery of the Holocaust. He was not only the protégé of Himmler, and the second-most powerful man in the entire SS, but was also considered by Hitler to be a possible successor as leader of the entire Third Reich.

On May 27, 1942, on a main road in Prague, Heydrich was mortally wounded by a grenade in a stunningly bold attack on his car by two Czech men who had been trained and supplied by British intelligence.

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Suffering internal injuries he developed a massive infection and died on June 4.

Hilter's retaliation was terrible and swift. In addition to the arrest, imprisonment, interrogation and execution of thousands of Czechs in the following weeks, Hitler also ordered the execution of 10,000 randomly selected Czechs. In perhaps his most chilling act of vengeance, Hitler ordered the execution of every male over the age of 16 in the Czech village of Lidice, located about 15 miles from Prague.

On June 10, 1942 SS Einsatzgruppen (the true scum of the SS, responsible for implementing the murder of millions of Jews and untermenschen, first in Russia and then elsewhere throughout occupied Europe) and SD troops murdered 192 men and boys in Lidice.

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The remaining women and children - the every last living person - were gathered up and deported. The women were separated from their children and sent to labor camps where most died. The children were sen to camps where they were virtually starved, and some died of illness and mistreatment. In early July, 1942 the children who still clung to life were taken away and executed...on the direct, personal order of Adolph Eichmann. It is believed some 340 inhabitants of Lidice were killed. The executioners took pictures.

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Lidice itself was burned to the ground the same day, and the remains bulldozed into dust - even the remains of the executed men and boys were dug up and disposed of elsewhere. All evidence of Lidice ever having existed was erased. Lidice before-

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Lidcie during and soon after -

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Lidice today -

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When I first read about the complete erasure of Lidice as a teenager, I was rocked every bit as much as when I learned of the horrific medical "experiments" they carried out on Jews and Slavs. It is because of these obscene acts that the Nazis and what they stood for should always be remembered.




stylie

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#2 9 years ago

Absolutely nauseating.




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#3 9 years ago

Hey at least it's in color now.

Stuff like this is amazing, crazy to think if it happened to your town.




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#4 9 years ago

I noted that on the wiki entry on this, a nazi film maker apparently filmed the entire destruction of the city....




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#5 9 years ago

Jup, never again let fascists and nationalists mingle. Can't stress enough how lucky we are that we've had 60 years of relative peace now and that we should forever be watchful that this does not happen again.




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#6 9 years ago

Good thread, such atroticites definitely shouldn't be forgotten.

There is a somewhat sad/funny story about Lidice I experienced a couple of years ago during a class-trip to Prague. We were supposed to visit the site of the town but the bus-driver couldn't find it so we drove for several hours in a large bus along narrow roads in the fields surrounding Prague. At the time we joked that the destruction of Lidice must have been very complete if it was so difficult to find it today.

To top it off one of our more confused teachers often chose somewhat ambiguous words when referring to our translator/tour guide. She often said things like "Follow the Führer".

We also visited a concentration camp near Prague and talked to survivors, which changed put things into perpesctive again.




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#7 9 years ago
MrFancypants;4913563....To top it off one of our more confused teachers often chose somewhat ambiguous words when referring to our translator/tour guide. She often said things like "Follow the Führer"....

Heh. "Führer" instead of "Leiter" - bad choice at Lidice.




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#8 9 years ago

So what happened to the two guys that lauched the attack? Were they ever found? If they survived the war their guilt must have been overwhelming.




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#9 9 years ago
jumjum;4914024Heh. "Führer" instead of "Leiter" - bad choice at Lidice.

Well in this case yes, it was a bad choice, but "Leiter" just won't work, as it means "manager" in German. A guide is a "Führer", there is no other German word that I can think of for a guide. ^^




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#10 9 years ago

I had it exactly backward, thinking "Leiter" was more of a guide, and "Führer" was the chief person, the manager, head of an enterprise, that kind of thing.