A new World War II movie came out this weekend. It is called "Anthropoid." It is based on Operation Anthropoid, which was the code name for the secret operation that assassinated SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich on May 27, 1942, in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Heydrich was a top German SS official, as well as acting Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia. He was viewed as one of the worst of worst. He was killed on May 27, 1942, in Prague in an operation approved by the Czechoslovak Government-in-Exile in London and carried out by the British Special Operations Executive.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I don’t know if the movie covers the reprisals that followed the killing of Heydrich. They were an important part of the story, too. Among other things, and based on reports that linked the killers to a little village in Czechoslovakia called Lidice, Hitler ordered the complete destruction of the town. All men and boys over 16 were killed. Women and children were sent to camps. The buildings were destroyed, and the village was plowed under. Hitler wanted Lidice wiped off the map, its name never to be heard again. Except it didn’t happen.
The head of the Government-in-Exile of Czechoslovakia attended the dedication of the original monument in 1942. The updated memorial is located at corner of Prairie Avenue and Hosmer Lane (near the intersection of Raynor Avenue and Theodore Street) in Crest Hill. Here are some pictures I took several years ago:
1 The subdivision is now in Crest Hill, Illinois.
2 It being Illinois, we pronounced it “Li-dees” as opposed to “Lee-da-shay”. Of course.