New Lidice education centre offers detailed catalogue of Nazi horrors

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The Lidice museum, which stands on the site of the Czech village that was infamously razed to the ground by the Nazis in 1942, opened a new education centre on Monday. Among other things, this facility will give visitors and scholars access to a detailed historical archive of material about what is considered to be one of the most notorious Nazi atrocities of the Second World War.

The burning village of LidiceThe German massacre of the Czech village of Lidice in retaliation for the assassination of Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich during WWII still resonates around the world today as a byword for cold-hearted Nazi brutality.

On the morning of 10 June 1942, Nazi troops stormed into Lidice and forcefully removed the villagers from their homes. All the men over 15 years of age were lined up against a wall and shot while the women and children were transported to concentration camps. 173 people died that day and 167 more subsequently perished in German detention facilities. The village itself was completely razed to the ground, with the Nazis even digging up the graves of the local cemetery before levelling it.

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