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The Lidice tragedy must never be forgotten. This book stands as an emphatic call in eternal memory to witness for the people who perished during this ruthless and barbaric moment in history. What happened in Lidice during June 1942 is recorded as one of the single worst atrocities of World War II-indeed, the events at Lidice, in the ...
The Lidice tragedy must never be forgotten. This book stands as an emphatic call in eternal memory to witness for the people who perished during this ruthless and barbaric moment in history. What happened in Lidice during June 1942 is recorded as one of the single worst atrocities of World War II-indeed, the events at Lidice, in the extremity of their savagery, today represent the inhumane and evil acts that occur in every war.
Think of it: the Second World War began at a time when many Czech and Slovak Americans had close personal ties to their homelands. For some, little time had passed since they had emigrated. Loved ones were left behind, but families remained in contact through the written word. The locations of villages and cities in Czech and Slovak lands remained familiar to these new Americans; they could still visualize the homes, churches, schools, and shops that had been left behind. The war had a devastating psychological effect, not only on those suffering in war zones, but also for those in America who anxiously awaited news about the well-being and safety of their families and friends.
This book also describes the lives and actions of those people around the world, even on distant shores, who felt so closely bound to their countrymen that they erected lasting monuments in memory of what happened at Lidice. It is nothing short of phenomenal to realize that today, over seventy years after the catastrophe, there are those who continue to conduct memorial services each year-to honor and remember the village and its martyred men, women, and children.
The Memorial to Child Victims of War, Lidice, Czech Republic is shown on the back cover. Created by Sculptress Marie Uchytilova, the memorial depicts 82 Lidice children gassed at Chelmno, Poland, after Lidice was destroyed. The work was interrupted when Professor Uchytilova died in 1989, but was completed by her husband, Sculptor Juri Vaclav Hampl. The last seven bronze statues were unveiled on June 10, 2000.
Three flagpoles were dedicated at the Lidice Monument, Phillips, Wisconsin, USA, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary commemoration of the fall of Lidice. The flags of the United States of America, Czech Republic, and Slovakia fly together over the Lidice Monument at Sokol Park, a symbol of unity and friendship, through the efforts of the Phillips Czechoslovakian Community Festival Committee.
The Rose Garden at Lidice flourishes with varieties of roses from all over the world.