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WWll tour Prague

I mentioned this in my trip report but wanted to leave word on this particular section of the forum as well. I did a great walking tour with Jason from livingprague.com last month. Even though I was the only one that signed up for that day he gave me the full tour, and maybe a little extra I think. I’m very interested in the history of the cities in Central Europe during the war and Prague in particular because of the Heydrich assassination. His tour was very extensive and we walked all over the city and was all I hoped for.

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The 2016 movie Anthropoid, which was made about the Heydrich assassination, is worth seeing. It starred Irish actor Cillian Murphy -- who enjoyed monumental success in the recent blockbuster Oppenheimer -- as assassin Josef Gabcik. Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan played the other assassin, Jan Kubis. It's a tough and gripping film.

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I so agree, in fact I watched it again before my trip at Jason’s suggestion. I should have mentioned it, thanks for bringing it up. I also went to the museum in the basement of the church the resistance fighters hid in. Very moving to see it. The bishop and priest were executed as well in the aftermath.

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I wish I could have seen the basement of the church where the resistance fighters holed up -- what a horrific experience -- when I was in Prague in Oct. 2022, but I was with a group and there wasn't the time. That must have been fascinating. At least I saw the outside of the church. My dad, who served in World War II, would have definitely have loved to have seen that.

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Thankfully there was so much less fighting in Prague than cities like Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Warsaw as the German surrender kicked in as the front lines were approaching Prague, though Jason iirc does have some photos of some street fighting war damage.

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If you are ever in Prague again take time to visit the Lidice memorial, about a half-hour bus ride outside of Prague. There is a museum honoring the lives of the residents killed as part of Hitler's retaliation for Heydrich's assassination. Foundations of buildings in the former town have been preserved. There is a very moving memorial to the children of the town.

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Prague is one of my shortlisted places to visit this year.

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I highly recommend it. I spent a week in Prague and 6 days in Budapest in October and my heart and head are still full from the experiences. The history and the beauty of the place stays with you.