On Thursday, July the 15th, 1954 from offices in Westminster, Dr Barnett Stross launched a public appeal for funds to purchase rose trees for a Lidice International Garden of Peace and Friendship.
In the summer of 1945, Allied victory over Nazi Germany had been secured, but the conflict had left the British people exhausted and the nation financially crippled. To keep going, between 1939 and 1941 Britain had liquidated most of its overseas holdings, sacrificed most of its export trade, and borrowed to excess. The national feeling was that Britain had stood up for what was right in order to protect and safeguard the future of all humanity, while all around sat still.
Initial reactions upon hearing the horrors that took place in Lidice were a mix of confusion, astonishment, despair, and rage. Naturally, there were instant suggestions for responses that involved giving the Nazis a taste of their own medicine.