Lidice, Czech Republic
(all photographs by J. Gerencher)
In revenge for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich by British-trained Czechoslovak soldiers, the German army picked, apparently at random, the small village of Lidice, located 18 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of Prague. On 10 June 1942, they descended upon the village, murdered all the men, shipped all the women and older children to Ravensbruck concentration camp, and sent all the younger children to foster homes in Germany. They then burned and bulldozed the village so that no trace of it remained. Even tomb stones were removed from the cemetery and foundations were filled in. The ultimate human death toll was 192 men, 60 women, and 88 children.
Memorial at the site, with a museum to the left (out of the view).
The grassy fields are where the village of Lidice had been.
Sculpture of Lidice children by Prague artist Marie Uchytilova.
The sculpture will contain 88 children when it is completed.
One child of the sculpture of the children of Lidice.