“Women from remote Lidice, widows from concentration camps who know not where their children are, our home is your home, too. We shall never forget you.”
In August 1942, having received consent from the President of the Mineworkers’ Federation of Great Britain, Will Lawther, at their Conference in July, the British Crown Film Unit began scanning the country’s coalfields looking for a location to create a propaganda film based on the Lidice atrocity.
Following Dr Barnett Stross and the British Lidice Shall Live delegation in their pilgrimage to Lidice in 1947 were eminent composer and conductor Alan Bush and his Workers’ Music Association (WMA) Singers.
Wake! Wake, my brother, touch the wall,Touch the hard world, break from your sleep.Outside your dream the ominous footsteps fall.Outside your door the victims weep.The monster prowls; I hear it pauseOn England’s threshold, I hear its clawsSplinter the eastern cliff. I see our neighbours’ households! One by oneThe fangs have fastened on them, drunkThe old,…
Marie Uchytilová-Kučová was born in Kralovice, Czechoslovakia, on the 17th of January, 1924. On her own initiative, in the early 1960s, she decided to create a lasting monument in remembrance of all child victims of war, modelled on the children of Lidice.
“Its concept is based around the vision, compassion, and steadfastness of Sir Barnett Stross, embracing the strength and determination of the mining community. As I came to reflect on Lidice, it seemed remarkably easy to create symbolism and reflect Stoke’s situation: Stoke-on-Trent had just experienced a massive shock with the Sneyd Pit Disaster, for example.”