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Artist or CreatorSidney 'George' Strube
Title or Caption"But I thought you ordered the whole village to be erased!" "It was!"
Extent1 item
Published byDaily Express
Date16 Jun 1942
FormatArtwork
Size37.9 x 53.1cm
Techniqueblack ink/crayon/blue crayon
Embedded text or transcriptLidice
Heydrich
Person DepictedHimmler; Heinrich (1900-1945)
Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)
NotesFurther Mass Executions. - The Lidice and Lezaky Atrocities. - Berlin announces Shooting of Heydrich's Assailants and Execution of Gen. Elias. - Declaration by Czechoslovak Government on Punishment of Nazi Criminals. On June 6, while the body of Heydrich was lying in state at the Hradschin (the Castle of the Kings of Bohemia), the people of Prague were compelled to line the streets and fly flags from their houses at half mast. ... On June 10 the Prague radio announced that the whole population of Lidice, a village of some 1,500 - 2,000 inhabitants in the Kladno coal-mining area, had been wiped out, all the men (some 400-500, mostly coal-miners and steel workers) being shot, the women taken to concentration camps, and the children sent to "educational centres". Every building was razed to the ground and the name of the village deleted from official records. The excuse given for this massacre was that the whole village was under suspicion of harbouring the men who killed Heydrich, that it possessed an illegal arms and munitions dump and a secret wireless transmitter, and that its inhabitants were "active in the service of the enemy". ... The Czechoslovak Government met in London on June 13, after which President Benesh broadcast a statement declaring that the Government held Hitler and his Government personally responsible for the "bestial destruction and barren horror" in Czechoslovakia. "Personally responsible", he said "are all the exponents of the Nazi Party and of the Reich Government on Czech territory, beginning with the former Protector, Neurath, all the leaders of the Gestapo and the S.S. formations, and all German representatives in the political and military administration of Bohemia and Moravia. ...The R.A.F., said Dr Benesh, would soon fly in thousands every day over German cities and would terribly avenge what the Nazis had done to the inhabitants of martyred Lidice. ... [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.5233]
Subjectsmassacres
Death
swastika
Punishment
Third Reich 1933-45
Flags
murder
ruins
Geographical areas
Germany
smoke
crimes
Emblems
burials
assassinations
cemeteries
Ghosts
foreign policy
wreaths
Historical periods and persons
Fire
graves
Lidice
mourning
torture
Czechoslovakia
World War 1939-1945
Copyright contact detailssyndication.queries@express.co.uk
Location of artworkReturned to Beaverbrook Foundation, 1998
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