Reinhard Heydrich, the top SS general who became a main architect of the Holocaust, was slain by Czechoslovak paratroopers 70 years ago this May. To mark the occasion, Prague 2 is erecting a model concentration camp on Karlovo náměstí, the district’s main square, where visitors can get a sense of what Nazi oppression was like during his reign as acting Protector of Bohemia and Moravia.
Prague Fatale is the eighth book by Philip Kerr that follows hard-nosed Berlin homicide detective Bernie Gunther as he navigates his way between everyday street murders and the much more menacing variety of killing ordered in Germany’s corridors of power. Once in Prague the danger goes up a notch, taking the reader from the heights of manorial splendor to the dark dungeons of the Prague Gestapo.
Memorial events in the Czech Republic and abroad are being staged this year to mark the 70th anniversaries of two of the Nazis’ most notorius atrocities during WWII in the then protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia — the destruction of Lidice and Ležáky and execution of most of their inhabitants. One survivor warns many younger Czechs are not being told enough about what happened in June 1942.
Thieves have made off with a rare 2.5-meter bronze Czech statue depicting the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary — in a state of undress. The unconventional statute, created by Prague sculptor Pavel Purkrábek, had been perched on a hilltop overlooking the town of Bohdaneč in the Kutná Hora region since 2007.
Almost 70 years after it happened, the story of the 1942 Nazi massacre at Lidice comes to the screen. The film ‘Lidice’ emphasizes the human drama behind the events, with a series of typical small-town incidents building up into a tragedy that shocked the world. According to producer Adam Dvořák, the film is essentially a love story.
Agustí Villaronga’s “Black Bread” (Pa Negre), kicked off this year’s La Pelicula Spanish film festival in Prague on Feb 15. with both the director and the film’s cinematographer in attendance. But while Villaronga flew in from Spain to make an appearance, his director of photography, Antonio Riestra — who had worked in Mexico on “Amores Perros” and “Frida” — was able to reach the festival by tram, having relocated to Prague about four years ago.
After a massive Kč 350 million overhaul, the National Technical Museum in Prague will partially reopen on Feb. 16 with five permanent exhibitions dedicated to transport, photography, printing, astronomy and architecture.
While monuments have been raised in Prague to the paratroopers who carried out the daring assasination of acting Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich in 1942, as well as to the victims of German reprisals in the Czech villages of Lidice and Ležáky, the Jan. 26 memorial unveilled in Prague represents the belated recognition of civilians who died for assisting the British-backed ‘Operation Anthropoid’ plot.