Lidice Memorial

Lidice Memorial

Lidice Memorial
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helenandpaul13
By helenandpaul13
An emotive experience which will leave you lost for words.
Sep 2020
I went here with my wife for the day, leaving the little one back at the hotel. We took the train and bus (No 300) from Prague. It only takes about 20 minutes on the bus. Just remember to look out for the memorial on your left as the bus climbs the hill and let the drive know, else you will miss your stop and the bus will carry on to the next village. After we got off the bus we passed a couple of burger vans (private industry) then walked down towards the memorial. There is surprisingly a lot to do here and we began by looking at the statues around the memorial itself. With the fountain in front of you the carving on the left has the children being saved after the war. On the right is a carving of the horror that happened here. Further to the right is a small exhibition room with various artefacts rescued from the village as well as photos and records of the people who lived here. One of the most moving is the childrens maths exercise book, with the last record being of the day before the massacre. At the bottom of the memorial itself is an image of a hologram showing how the village used to look before it was destroyed. It is now a well maintained area dropping towards the other memorials below. As you walk down the hill you will pass the single stone from the house where the Gestapo were housed during their time here. You pass the memorial on the right to the 82 children murdered, the statue has 82 children on it, there is a mass grave on the left of the adult males murdered as well as a memorial to the adult women killed too. As you walk up the other side of the slope you can see the remnants of the old church (St Martins) and the school with the cemetery at the far side. There are other statues here including the crying woman with the child standing outside the school. From the cemetery look back up the hill to the memorial and think of what was previously here. After we walked back towards the memorial we dropped down some steps to see the old fire engine which has been completely restored. The story goes that when the Germans came the fire engine was loaned out elsewhere so it survived the destruction. We then went into a building on the right above the fire engine where there is a further exhibition. We paid 130 crowns for two adults and we walked through an entrance first towards a seated area showing a short film, before moving onto the exhibition itself. You are not allowed to take photos here which is very apt. The exhibits are number from about 1 - 9 with a short film at the end showing stories of children who survived the war and returned here. The exhibits were haunting and showed the contempt of the Germans for the Czech people, the assassination of Heydrich and the reprisals towards Lidice (pronounced Liditsa). When the germans arrived there was no warning and the villagers were murdered without any trial or explanation. The men were killed, the women and children were taken away and later separated. The women were later murdered as were the vast majority of the children. Afterwards the village was blown up and everything removed. We had to sit down for a while afterwards, particularly after listening to the testimony of the children. After we left the exhibition we walked across the memorial towards the car park and visited the memorial garden to the left. This again is very well maintained. After this we carried on down the road into the new village where there is an art gallery and a small restaurant serving meals and teas and coffees. This is about 1000 yards on from the memorial itself. After eating here we took a walk back to the old village memorial for a final look round before walking back up towards the bus stop. We thought we might be here for an hour or two but the whole visit lasted most of the day. It was a haunting experience and one not to be missed. It will remain in the memory for many years. For those visiting here you should combine it with a visit to the church of St Cyril in Prague, which provides more information about operation Anthropoid.

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Mikee T
Corfu Town, Greece715 contributions
Saw this site briefly mentioned in booklet purchased after visiting Terezin. After a quick google of the name Lidice and a look at You Tube I knew we had to visit on the last day left before returning home, but how to get there.

Thankfully through using info on their website and other search engines we:
Took metro line A all the way to Dejvicka.
Turned left out of the station and walked 100 m ( away from the huge roundabout) to bus stop number 2 on the opposite side of the road to the hotel Diplomat.
Caught bus number 56 ( which runs between every 1/2 - 1 hour) on the line Prague - Kladno.
The journey is around 20 mins, you pay the driver once on board and it costs about 29 kr one way (1 euro ish).
The driver will usually help to confirm whee you gave to get off at the intersection when the bus turns to go towards Bustehrad.

Anyway once you arrive it is only a short walk across the road to the memorial.

I will leave the emotional side for you to experience but the staff at the entrance were very helpful and kind, the short film gave a bit of background prior to the execution and destruction followed by the museum which although minimal was so, so powerful with the exhibits they had.

We purchased the map of the site, the leaflet and the guide "Lidice before Lidice today" which we used to get some idea of the village layout. However, due to the fact the Nazis burnt, blew up then removed the rubble from the buildings, diverted the stream that ran through the village, cut down all the trees, destroyed the cometary and exhumed and desecrated the bodies before bringing in tons of earth to alter the landscape - it was hard to imagine some buildings being here let alone a thriving, ancient village.

You can see the base of the Horak farm as well as the locality of the church and school but the rest have vanished.

Beautiful monuments can be found including the amazing Memorial to the Child Victims of the War (check out the back story of this monuments creation).most moving is the grave of the Lidice men, all of whom were executed on that day.

Without a shadow of doubt this should be included on an visit to Prague, despite not being on many tours offered. It has been the highlight (and amazing experience) of our week in Prague. It will stay with me long after we return home.
Written September 28, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

IK-OZ
Sydney, Australia39 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
Must visit location. Great museum. Moving.

How to get there (note some online info is out of date. Buses DO NOT leave from Dejvika any more. Learnt this the hard way ;(

+ buy metro tickets at any mini markets near the station
+ validate your ticket at metro using the punch machine
+ travel to Nadrazi Veleslavin
+ follow the sign per my pic to local buses
+ stand 3 is your target (again per pic)
+ check timetable for buses that stop at Lidice Pamatnik (memorial) ours was 11.05am
+ nb not all buses leaving stand 3 stop at the memorial - so don't skip above step!
+ pay bus driver when getting on (its a 'regional' bus so Metro ticket doesn't cover it)
+ buses have an electronic display board - so no getting lost
+ 30 min trip from the metro
+ check printed timetable when getting off
+ Go home in reverse

There is a simple cafe on site plus a cart on the road.
Written October 7, 2017
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Bigb67Scotland
Edinburgh, UK2,332 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
Now getting to this memorial isn't quite as straight forward, as one would think. As I had to plan this very carefully indeed, including checking the local weather as if it rains here you'll be caught out in the open and not a good idea, bring umbrellas just in case.
You'll get the green line metro to Dejvicka, and then upstairs you'll pick up a No 54 bus, to Kladno and it will take you around twenty minutes to get there. Just remember to watch for the "Lidice Memorial" sign flashing past, along with some food stalls outside, you then get off on the corner and walk back simple..?
Now when you enter this very solemn place, just go to the museum building and purchase your tickets after which you'll be directed into a small cinema to watch a short film about this sad moment in time.
I could have skipped this as I already knew about the violent history inflicted here, but it's worth while for people who have limited knowledge on their history, You then walk around the well documented museum complete with artefacts from the village life before and after the sad event, plus there's also a wall in here complete with all the names of the villagers on it making it a stark reminder of the losses inflicted including a blood stained shirt worn by one of the Paratroopers who took part in "Operation Anthropoid "......!
After this you're free to explore the well maintained grounds/fields ? Which were once a happy rural village teeming with life probably for hundreds of years where everyone knew each other and so on.
Until the day Reinhard Heydrich was assassinated by the very brave Czech Paratroopers in Prague some months earlier, and acting upon Hitler's direct orders a "Scorched Earth" policy was decreed on the village of Lidice and surrounding areas. One can only imagine the horror of these villagers when the Waffen SS unit's turned up along with the dreaded Gestapo accusing these innocent country people of their "crimes in collaborating " with the Czech Paratroopers, the atrocities committed here by the Nazi's over several days was truly barbaric and evil..!
Moving on, and walking around this vast area it also helps to have a guide book or use the small map provided as there are only foundations left to see, and using your imagination is also helpful. The one poignant sight though is the standing memorial to the 82 village children, which are depicted from old photos of them and this is also very sad plus eerie, people still leave teddy's and things to this day, what's even worse is when those kids when taken away they were told to write letters back home to their parents telling them they were OK and in an Orphanage, the following day they were all gassed..! While their fathers were being shot and the mothers sent off to concentration camps and hardly any returned...!
As you move around you'll come across the ruins of the farmhouse where all the men were shot including the priest, you can even see the kitchen tiles. They're all buried in a mass grave nearby which is marked, in fact the more you explore the worse it gets as we discovered later, when we found the Nazi's even dug up the village cemetery and burned the long deceased bodies using slave labour from a nearby concentration camp, truly sick.!
You can stay here as long as you want, just walking around taking in the moment reflecting and it did remind me of my visits over the years to places like Auschwitz, Belsen, Dachau, places linked with human tragedy and a sense of despair. And for all those people who think it can't happen again just think the Balkans 1990's, Syria 2014, and so on, we just never learn.
On a lighter note there is a small cafe as you near the exit which serves meals/snacks etc, and do check the wall out as there is a brilliant carving showing the atrocities on the day which sends a grim reminder to everyone, as they sip their cappuccinos in the sun...!
There is also a large rose garden memorial which when in full bloom is a must see, I was too early for this. and please at least purchase something from the museum which helps keep this memorial going, I bought a small stone with a rose on it plus some reading material from the friendly staff although their English wasn't too good, and finally it was time to leave this well kept place which in all honesty is a fitting tribute to all the innocent victims of this era, I would highly recommend visiting not just here, but also the St Cyril Church in Prague where there is a fitting tribute to the brave Paratroopers too, lest we forget...!
Written May 27, 2014
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Louise
Edinburgh, UK36 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
Took a short visit on the bus from near the metro station in the city centre (dejvica) which cost only 29cz each way, and dropped us off in front of the site. The site has beautiful gardens which are immaculate, and full of roses as a symbol of those who lost their lives. Some really lovely monuments, very moving site, and the museum was well worth a visit too. They even had free toilets and a small cafe which provided very reasonable drinks, ice cream, and burgers, hotdogs etc.
Written July 16, 2013
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Kayleigh T
Nottingham, UK2,329 contributions
Apr 2013 • Solo
I visited Lidice on my week long trip to Prague, although very horrific I am very glad I went. It isn't directly in Prague itself and does require a bit of travel planning before hand. You have to get a bus from Dejvicka Metro/Bus Station (not many people spoke English around here), the stop is on the same side as you come out of the metro station and as you walk up I think it's the last one, the timetables are a little confusing, but if you look properly you can work them out, just ask the driver that the bus definitely goes to Lidice. It is around a 25 minute ride through small villiages.
Lidice itself was a small town completely wiped out by the Nazis in revenge of Czech paratroopers killing Nazi Reinhard Heydrich (you can also visit the crypt where the paratroopers died, with lots of information on the events at St Cyril and Methodius Church).
There is a museum at Lidice and you first view a short film of the village before entering the museum which is very heart touching as it has things like original photos, blood stained clothing ect.. You can then view a documentary of the survivors of Lidice. The memorial itself is quite large and as you walk around there is a sense of horror and unsettled, eerie like atmosphere bringing you to tears. The is an amazing sculptor of all the children of Lidice (most were gassed in Chelmno) There is also the remains of Horaks Farm where all the men were lined up and shot, the stone of where the first house stood, and the new grave yard. It is very moving and gives you a feeling you've probably never felt before, there is also a sign post for Lezaky which is another town that received the same horror as Lidice, you can also walk around the new town of Lidice where some survivors have returned and still live. I recommend researching the whole story first to get a better understanding, but it is an unmissable experience.
Written May 14, 2013
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AvidIrishReader
Killarney, Ireland573 contributions
Nov 2010 • Couples
This memorial remembers the reprisals taken by German forces in response to the killing of Reinhard Heydrich in June 1942. The village of Lidice, which lies approximately 20km from Prague, bore the brunt of the reprisal.

Hundreds of people were shot; the town was - systematically - destroyed; children who had an 'Ayran' appearance were sent to Germany for adoption. When some of them returned to their home village in 1946, they could only speak in German, and needed an interpreter to converse with their parents.

This is a Martyr Village of Europe. What remains of the village can only be described as foundations of individual buildings and plaques to indicate the location of specific buildings: a church, the school, a specific business. The village is now located in a park environment (with a beautiful rose garden) and a new village was built 1km away from the original location. It's like visiting Roman remains, yet it's a memorial to an event that happened only 60 years ago.

The interpretative centre is fantastic, containing remarkable footage of the destruction (which German soldiers recorded) plus interviews with the small number of people that survived, including those children sent away for adoption. Multiple languages are catered for.

The premise for the village's destruction was that one of Heydrich's assassins had a family connection to it, but as far as I understand this was never proven.

It's a remarkably sombre place, but somewhere that one should visit if going to Prague. It's easily accessed through the local bus service; information on which can be obtained from the tourist centre in Prague.
Written October 7, 2011
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Dave G
Cambridge, UK30 contributions
Jul 2011 • Solo
Like all historic sites, it is useful to have advance knowledge of what happened here, and why. The site consists of a museum and book shop, small cafe, rose gardens, and the scant remains of the buildings of the village. From the entrance, you will walk down a gentle slope, past the memorial and mass grave of the men of the village. Nearby are the remains of the farm house where the men were executed. Crossing the stream, you will see the foundations of the church, and the school house, where the women and children were held before being taken away.
The area of the memorial site is beautifully laid out and maintained, and as a garden, is pleasant to visit in its own right, but on the way back to the entrance, you will see the most evocative memorial, to the 82 children of the village, and it is this that brings home the poignancy of Lidice. Looking at the children, only the most hard-hearted will fail to be moved.
You can visit this site by an organised tour, but it is very easy and cheap to use public transport. Take the "green" metro line to is terminal at "Dejvicka" (this is also the place to get public transport to the airport) and from there a local bus takes you to the entrance of the memorial. Bus fare at time of writing, July 2011, is 30 crown (£1.25) and the journey is around 40 minutes. There is no charge for entry to the grounds of the memorial, with a small charge for museum entrance.
Written August 23, 2011
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skier003
Scotts Valley, CA409 contributions
We came here to see a town which was wiped from the map. It was more poignant than the concentration camps. mostly because the Nazi's filmed the distruction. There are photos of nearly every person in town when the massacre ensued. The statues of the children are haunting.
Written August 15, 2011
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,409 contributions
Sep 2020
I went here with my wife for the day, leaving the little one back at the hotel. We took the train and bus (No 300) from Prague. It only takes about 20 minutes on the bus. Just remember to look out for the memorial on your left as the bus climbs the hill and let the drive know, else you will miss your stop and the bus will carry on to the next village. After we got off the bus we passed a couple of burger vans (private industry) then walked down towards the memorial.

There is surprisingly a lot to do here and we began by looking at the statues around the memorial itself. With the fountain in front of you the carving on the left has the children being saved after the war. On the right is a carving of the horror that happened here. Further to the right is a small exhibition room with various artefacts rescued from the village as well as photos and records of the people who lived here. One of the most moving is the childrens maths exercise book, with the last record being of the day before the massacre.

At the bottom of the memorial itself is an image of a hologram showing how the village used to look before it was destroyed. It is now a well maintained area dropping towards the other memorials below. As you walk down the hill you will pass the single stone from the house where the Gestapo were housed during their time here. You pass the memorial on the right to the 82 children murdered, the statue has 82 children on it, there is a mass grave on the left of the adult males murdered as well as a memorial to the adult women killed too. As you walk up the other side of the slope you can see the remnants of the old church (St Martins) and the school with the cemetery at the far side. There are other statues here including the crying woman with the child standing outside the school. From the cemetery look back up the hill to the memorial and think of what was previously here.

After we walked back towards the memorial we dropped down some steps to see the old fire engine which has been completely restored. The story goes that when the Germans came the fire engine was loaned out elsewhere so it survived the destruction. We then went into a building on the right above the fire engine where there is a further exhibition. We paid 130 crowns for two adults and we walked through an entrance first towards a seated area showing a short film, before moving onto the exhibition itself. You are not allowed to take photos here which is very apt. The exhibits are number from about 1 - 9 with a short film at the end showing stories of children who survived the war and returned here.

The exhibits were haunting and showed the contempt of the Germans for the Czech people, the assassination of Heydrich and the reprisals towards Lidice (pronounced Liditsa). When the germans arrived there was no warning and the villagers were murdered without any trial or explanation. The men were killed, the women and children were taken away and later separated. The women were later murdered as were the vast majority of the children. Afterwards the village was blown up and everything removed. We had to sit down for a while afterwards, particularly after listening to the testimony of the children.

After we left the exhibition we walked across the memorial towards the car park and visited the memorial garden to the left. This again is very well maintained. After this we carried on down the road into the new village where there is an art gallery and a small restaurant serving meals and teas and coffees. This is about 1000 yards on from the memorial itself. After eating here we took a walk back to the old village memorial for a final look round before walking back up towards the bus stop. We thought we might be here for an hour or two but the whole visit lasted most of the day. It was a haunting experience and one not to be missed. It will remain in the memory for many years. For those visiting here you should combine it with a visit to the church of St Cyril in Prague, which provides more information about operation Anthropoid.
Written September 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

prvnipivni
Glasgow, Scotland.234 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
Take time to visit Lidice if you can. In 1942 the Nazis tried to erase it from the map. The museum film and exhibition provides the background to the atrocity. Then walk through the remains of the town. It feels like a peaceful park but a community lived here once for hundreds of years. The farm, school and church now an outline of foundations-and the mass grave of the men. Although they tried to destroy everything there is a pear tree which grew from a sapling somehow missed. Most moving of all is the memorial to the children.

To get there take the metro to Nadrazi Veleslavin. Then the 300 bus going to Kladno. It's only 17 minutes and 24 crowns (pay the driver)
Written November 29, 2018
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