Prague Uprising
May01

Prague Uprising

Before the uprising In the first days of May 1945, World War II was approaching its end in Europe. Berlin was conquered by the Red Army and Hitler had killed himself. However, for the occupied Bohemia and Moravia, the war was not over yet. In fact, it was one of the last remaining territories under Nazi rule. In eastern Bohemia, a huge Army Group Centre (Heeresgruppe Mitte) still stood against the Soviets as an organized fighting...

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The village that died and lives again
Jun09

The village that died and lives again

On 27th May 1942, Czechoslovak soldiers sent by the Government-in-exile in London attacked Acting Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich and wounded him. Heydrich died of the injury on 4th June. The Nazi leadership was furious. The Nazis had no clue as to where to find the assassins yet. They decided to carry out an act of terror to frighten the Czechs. Actual ruler of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, Karl Hermann Frank (one of the...

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Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich
May27

Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich

Morning of May 27, 1942 was pleasant in Prague, centre of the Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia. Weather was kind and the war far, far away. People were going to work. From his residence at Panenské Břežany, Acting Reich-Protector and Obergruppenführer of the SS, Reinhard Heydrich’s car was heading to Prague. That day, he was to fly to meet Adolf Hitler in Berlin. It happened when the car with Heydrich slowed to take a sharp turn. A...

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Tracking the Czechoslovak legionnaires in Prague
May12

Tracking the Czechoslovak legionnaires in Prague

Given the war record of the legions and postwar influence of many individual legionnaires (see part one of this article), it is no surprise that the new Czechoslovak state soon began to cherish their legacy. The legions were one of the most memorable historic events in the Czechoslovak Republic – at least to Czech inhabitants who often referred to it as part of their identity during the mid-war period. Many streets were renamed...

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