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National Memorial to the Victims of Heydrich Terror

In 1942 seven Czech paratroopers who were involved in the assassination of Reichs-protektor Reinhardt Heydrich hid in the crypt of the Church of St Cyril and Methodius for three weeks after the killing, until their hiding place was betrayed by the Czech traitor Čurda. The Germans besieged the church, first attempting to smoke the paratroopers out and then flooding the church with fire hoses. Three paratroopers were killed in the ensuing fight; the other four took their own lives rather than surrender to the Germans. The crypt now houses a moving memorial to the men, with an exhibit and video about Nazi persecution of the Czechs. In the crypt itself you can still see the bullet marks and shrapnel scars on the walls, and signs of the paratroopers’ last desperate efforts to dig an escape tunnel to the sewer under the street. On the Resslova side of the church you can see narrow gaps in the wall of the crypt which is pitted with bullet marks.

Victims of Heydrich Terror

In Czech: Národní památník obětí heydrichiády
Address: Resslova 9 (metro Karlovo Náměstí)
Admission: 50 CZK; webiste
Open: 10am-5pm Tue-Sun May-Sep, to 4pm Oct-Apr

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  1. Just finished reading the novel ‘HHhH’ by Laurent Binet. I highly recommend it. (HHhH stands for ‘Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich – Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich.’) It’s a unique reading experience, well-researched, unputdownable.

  2. There was a very good film made about this event, does anybody know what it was called? l think it may have been Operation…. something.

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