In addition to Čaputová and Jindrák, the Ministry of Defense Jana Černochová and the Mayor of Prague 2 Alexandra Udženija (both ODS) also took part in the reverential act. As part of her next program, Čaputová headed to the Ohrada park in Žižkov, where she will see an exhibition on the assassination. Then she meets Zeman at Prague Castle.
After the act of reverence, Čaputová inspected the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, in which Gabčík and Kubiš hid and later died together with five other paratroopers in June 1942 after the fight. She called the Chapel Church a strong place. “I’m very glad I was able to do that, including the authentic details that are physically illustrated in connection with the fights that were there,” she told reporters. It was not possible to visit the crypt on Friday due to the reconstruction.
A ceremonial assembly will be held in the historic building of the National Museum from 6 pm, which will also be attended by Čaputová and Zeman. During the event, the exhibition We Will Never Give Up !, opened jointly by the National Museum and the Military History Institute, will open. It refers to the last words of paratroopers surrounded in the crypt of the Orthodox Church. “We are Czechs! We will never give up, do you hear? Never!” The exhibition will present the fates of not only assassins, but also other personalities of the resistance and public life.
Reconstruction of the attack on Heydrich
A program has been prepared in Liben, Prague, above the bend at the Anthropoid memorial, and part of it was also attended by the British Foreign Ministry Liz Trussová or the Slovak Minister of Defense Jaroslav Naď. It began in the morning with the flight of a historic World War II Hurricane aircraft. After 10:30, the reconstruction of the attack on the car carrying Heydrich began. Although Gabčík failed the submachine gun at the decisive moment, Kubiš managed to detonate a grenade, which seriously injured Heydrich. The deputy imperial protector died on June 4 of blood poisoning.
After the reconstruction, three Mi-24 combat helicopters flew over Libní. This was followed by a memorial service at the memorial, a parade of soldiers and civilians in period clothing, and a ride of historic vehicles. In the afternoon and on Saturday, the program will continue in Thomayerovy sady near Velký Löwit’s mill.
This year, for the first time, the Czech Republic commemorates the anniversary of the assassination as an official significant day marked as the Day of National Defiance. The commemorative events are a celebration of the heroic deeds of both Czechoslovak soldiers and their comrades-in-arms, the bravery of many people who helped them in the protectorate, and the victims of the subsequent hard retribution of the Nazis immediately after the assassination. Extensive repression, a wave of arrests and executions culminated in the burning of Lidice and Ležáky.
Events commemorating the assassination of Heydrich have taken place in a number of parts of the country since the end of last year, when three groups of paratroopers were deployed from Britain 80 years ago in occupied territory. Operations Anthropoid, Silver A and Silver B were to help the domestic resistance connect with London and carry out the liquidation of Heydrich. Today, a memorial service is being held in Rokycany near the house of the railwayman Václav Stehlík, whose family was murdered on May 28, 1942 for hiding members of the Anthropoid group. Several exhibitions will be open, and memorial and reverence meetings will take place on Fridays and the following days. Radiožurnál will broadcast a news reconstruction of 80-year-old events from 8 am to 12 noon.
Decision of the deputies: Marshal Koněv ceased to be an honorary citizen of Prague
After the assassination of Heydrich, described as the greatest act of European domestic resistance during World War II, France and Britain revoked their signatures under the Munich Agreement, which contributed to the border of the re-establishment of post-war Czechoslovakia in the pre-Munich ones.