Exhibition on Heydrich assassination opens in Israeli Parliament
On occasion of the 70-year-anniversary of the Heydrich assassination, an exhibition on the subject has opened in Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset. While the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich is one of the most significant events in modern Czech history, the story of how the governor of the occupied Czech lands was killed is relatively unknown in Israel – despite the fact that Heydrich was one of the main architects behind the Final Solution.
“Then it was decided that bringing the exhibition to Israel on the anniversary would be welcomed by the Israeli side. One of the reasons we chose this topic is that the story of Heydrich is not very well known in Israel, despite the fact that he presided over the Wannsee Conference and was very instrumental in the Final Solution. The story that is known in Israel is that of Adolf Eichmann, but Heydrich was Eichmann’s superior.”
“Several articles have been published prior to the exhibition, so the story is becoming more known. The exhibition opened in the Knesset; so sadly, it is not open to the public yet. But after that, the exhibition will move to Tel Aviv and the northern area of Israel. Within the next three months, it will be on display at three different locations, so I hope that more people from the Israeli public will be able to attend it.”
The chairwoman of the Czech Parliament, Miroslava Němcová, is in Tel Aviv on occasion of the opening. While the exhibition is devoted to one very specific chapter of history, it seeks to place the Heydrich assassination into a broader context and shed light on the quality of Czech-Israeli relations. The two countries’ relations are flourishing, says the ambassador.
The above-standard relations between both countries were obvious during Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to Prague: The Israeli prime minister said the Czech Republic was Israel’s “closest ally” within Europe.