The physical deconstruction and erasure of the old village of Lidice took over two years of solid graft, was financially costly, and was paid for by the victims’ bank accounts. It was not until September the 25th, 1944, that Karl Frank could finally announce with much satisfaction that the clearing
The fateful incursion came on the night of the 9th of June. It was on the initiative of SS-Standartenführer Horst Böhme, who telephoned Hitler in Berlin on the day of Heydrich’s funeral to present the evidence against the village and recommend retaliation. Böhme’s report relayed the reply which ran: Subject:
At dawn on June the 4th, the day of Reinhard Heydrich’s death, the first search of Lidice took place. Eyewitness accounts recall the truck full of troops peeling off the main road from Prague to Kladno, racing into the village, ejecting residents from their homes, and immediately lining them up
An ill-conceived love letter was about to be handed to the secret Police which would have devastating consequences for the people of Czecho-Slovakia. It would give Karl Frank the excuse he needed to create a narrative, however bogus, to link the Bohemian village of Lidice with the murder of Heydrich.
These photographs, which exist in a traditional leather album, came into our ownership about a decade ago. The pictures were a gift from the Stoke-on-Trent based local historian, Fred Hughes, who had come across them at a car boot sale. Unfortunately close inspection of the photos and/or the folder gives