Exhibition dedicated to assassins of Heydrich gets major facelift
The assassination in May 1942 of the Nazi governor of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich, was one of the most dramatic events of World War II. The Czechoslovak resistance fighters parachuted into Prague to carry out the attack later met their own deaths in a church in the city, after being surrounded by Nazi troops. Their brave actions are the focus of an exhibition in the church’s crypt which has now been given a major facelift.
“Museum items were removed from the actual crypt itself and placed here in this anteroom. Our aim was to make the crypt more solemn – it will now contain only seven busts of the parachutists who died here in this church. The anteroom maps the Czechoslovak resistance movement, and contains items that they used here in the crypt, as well as in the assassination of Heydrich.”
“I think it was one of the biggest acts during the second world war and maybe the biggest act in modern Czechoslovak history. I consider these paratroopers as the biggest heroes of our nation, and I think this is something from which we should learn all the time and never forget.”
The parachutists had trained in England alongside other members of the Czechoslovak army-in-exile, and the British ambassador to Prague Sian Macleod was among the special guests at Wednesday’s opening.
The church and crypt were already one of the most popular sites with history buffs in the Czech capital, and the people behind its new facelift say they’re hopeful it will now draw even more visitors.
Photo: Barbora Kmentová