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Prague and Lidice, Czech Republic

I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to visit Lidice, Czech Republic twice.  My first trip took place in October, 2004, before Someone Named Eva was finished.  My second trip took place in March, 2008.  My parents joined me for that trip, making it all the more special.  During both trips, I was able to spend time with Lidice “children,” amazing people who lived through the events I wrote about in my book.  These trips changed me forever, as a writer and as a person. 

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*  Lidice Memoral Museum: www.lidice-memorial.cz                   * United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:www.ushmm.org            
*  English Prague Post: www.praguepost.com                                 * Katarina Kruspinova (my translator and friend): www.www.prague-perfect.cz http://www.lidice-memorial.czhttp://www.ushmm.org/http://www.praguepost.comhttp://www.www.prague-perfect.czshapeimage_10_link_0shapeimage_10_link_1shapeimage_10_link_2shapeimage_10_link_3
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"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world."

- Anne Frank

The original site of Lidice.  Once, an entire town occupied this now empty field.
The “Memorial to the Children Victims of the War,” the only  known monument for children killed in war.   Created in memory of the 82 Lidice children gassed by Nazis in Chelmno, Poland.
Sculpted by artist Marie Uchytilova.
The mass grave where 173 innocent men and teenage boys were haphazardly buried after being shot by Nazis.
The foundation of the Horak farm, site where the men and teenage boys were executed.
Meeting the Lidice “children” for the second time in 2008 and bringing them copies of my book.
Present day Charles Bridge in Prague.
Crypt in St Cyril and Methodius Temple in Prague, where the seven parachutists were hidden after assassinating Reinhard Heydrich.  They had no ties to Lidice, making the town’s destruction even more senseless.
The window (inside and outside) of the crypt.  Inside, you can see the escape tunnel the parachutists attempted to build as the Nazis closed in.  Outside, the bullet holes from the fierce fight were left to serve as a reminder.
Five of the Czech parachutists were killed by the fire fight.  Two chose to take their own lives rather than risk interrogation and surrendering resistance secrets.   

The crypt remains as it was left, to serve as a memorial to these events.
The Jewish Cemetery in Prague, dating back to the 1300’s.  This is one of the few Jewish cemeteries not destroyed by Hitler’s troops during World War ll.  He intended it to be part of a “museum to the extinct race” after his planned extermination of all European Jews.
“Remember who you are, Milada.  Remember where you are from.  Always”

   - Someone Named Eva
Let us always remember...
It was raining the day of our visit and the statues looked as if they were weeping.