An In-Depth Look At The Butcher of Prague

Posted: September 29, 2011 in World War 2
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ARTICLE WRITTEN BY Georg Bönisch PUBLISHED ON Spiegel Online

The site for the assassination was carefully chosen at a point where a steeply sloping street in Prague’s Libe district made a hairpin turn, forcing approaching cars to slow down considerably. This is precisely what the driver of a heavy convertible Mercedes did as his vehicle climbed toward the curve at approximately 10:30AM on May 27, 1942.

Behind the driver sat his boss, one of Adolf Hitler’s most devoted followers. The man was a veritable Aryan poster boy, tall, blonde & blue-eyed, the ideal image of an SS leader. He was also the person whom one British officer referred to as the “mastermind.”

That man was none other than Reinhard Heydrich, chief of the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA), the body charged with fighting all “enemies of the Reich” within & outside German borders, & one of the principle organizers of the Holocaust. Just months earlier, he had chaired the Wannsee Conference in Berlin, during which plans for the murder of what would turn out to be approximately 6 million people were discussed.

At the same time, another one of Heydrich’s official positions was that of deputy protector of Bohemia & Moravia, two regions in today’s Czech Republic, where he ruled with an iron fist. In the weeks after he arrived there in 1941, Heydrich ordered more than 400 people killed because he needed his “quiet space.” [Read more]

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