Following the assassination of the Bohemian puppet state's Nazi overseer, Reinhard Heydrich, in May, 1942, the two Czechoslovak paratroopers who carried out the deed and several other partisans fled to the crypt of this Orthodox church. Another partisan betrayed them to the Germans, who tried first to shoot their way into the crypt, then to flush the men out with water. Finally, the resistance fighters committed suicide when they realized there was no escaping the Nazi trap. This dramatic story is told by photo displays in the crypt itself. The Czechs carried out relatively few acts of resistance against the Nazis, yet hundreds of innocent people (including almost the entire village of Lidice) paid with their lives for the Heydrich assassination.
Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
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