“Operation Anthropoid” – Heydrich: Nazi murder like something out of a Hollywood thriller


It was the only successful assassination attempt on a leading Nazi official: the assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich on May 27, 1942 in Prague. Brave agents, an unscrupulous Nazi butcher, betrayal within their own ranks, a bloody confrontation in a church – the story of ‘Operation Anthropoid’ sounds like it came straight out of a Hollywood movie. The “Krone” searched for clues in the Czech capital.

May 27, 1942 shortly after half past eight in the morning. The location for the attack was ideally chosen, a hairpin bend in the Liben district. The Mercedes-Benz convertible Type 320 with the tall Nazi dignitary on board driving towards Prague Castle has to brake sharply to turn right. For the exiled soldiers Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis, who are staying near the local tram stop, this is the signal to strike.

Source: Krone


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