The Massacre from Lidice
On June 10, 1942, the German government announced that the small village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, was liquidated.
The town of Lidice was considered complicit, and was implicated in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi controller of Bohemia and Moravia. On May 27th, 1942, he was attacked by a grenade while in his car. He was fatally wounded and he died on June 4th.
All of the men and boys over age 16 in the village were shot, while all the woman were deported to Ravensbrück concentration camp, where most died. Ninety young children were sent to the concentration camp of Greisenau, with some taken later to Nazi Orphanages if they were German looking and suitable for “Germanizing”.
The village of Lidice was then burned down to the ground, house by house and crops were planted over the debris. The name was removed from all German maps.