Lidice Memorial

Lidice Memorial

Lidice Memorial
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,315 contributions
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.
Written September 12, 2020
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Vissing
Stenloese, Denmark674 contributions
Scary
Sep 2020 • Friends
Great location that shows the evil in men. Totally destroyed as revenge for the killing of "the butcher of Prague " Heydrich.
Written September 11, 2020
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Tablespider
Bolton le Sands, UK126 contributions
Must see and hear this story
Feb 2020 • Business
It’s difficult to grade such a visit in terms of very good etc as what went on here was bloody awful. However I do believe it worth visiting. There are hundreds of stories across Europe about events from both world wars. This one is a story of horror, bad even by Hitler’s standards. If you don’t know the story then look it up and read about it. The most positive thing is that green shoots and a re-emerging village show how nature and humanity will eventually overcome even the worst of the SS and the German High Command. Take a hanky.
Written February 17, 2020
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bartleycrc
Rapid City, SD1,348 contributions
Truly Amazing.
Jan 2020 • Friends
One of the most moving museums / memorials we have visited. A part of World War II that you don't hear a lot about. Once you experience it you want to learn more. You see how cruel the Nazis were.
Written January 22, 2020
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Janna B
30 contributions
Must visit memorial
Nov 2019
Very moving as you get an opportunity to walk where once a 600 year old village stood and then on an order from Nazi command was demolished. Children sculpture is most impactful as the sculptors were able to capture facial expressions.
Written December 9, 2019
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Vicki
Prague, Czech Republic9 contributions
Very Humbling Experience
Oct 2019 • Couples
Such a humbling experience. Beautiful surroundings- but the history should NEVER be forgotten of what happened here.
Thank you for sharing this with me, I will educate all I can, of this atrocity.
Written October 15, 2019
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NWLadyManchester
Bolton, UK83 contributions
Beautiful and very moving
Oct 2019 • Friends
The park which forms the memorial is stunningly beautiful and immaculate. It is also very large. Beware of the hill as you walk down. The museum is fascinating and tells the tragic story of the fate of this village in detail. It is heartbreaking. The children's statue is particularly poignant. The memorial is fittingly respectful of the memory of those who were murdered.

Couple of negatives; there was a cafe but it was closed so no access to refreshments at all. Also the person in the museum reception spoke very little English so it was difficult to find out information.

This place is a definite one to visit on a trip to Prague. Team it with a visit to the heroes church to see the full story. Highly recommended.
Written October 10, 2019
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Mark M
Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK209 contributions
Can bring you to tears
Sep 2019 • Couples
Second time round for us.
This memorial is truly sad and horrendous story to learn about, another tragedy of the war.
It's done so tastefully and the memorial inside let's the story unfold and you feel the pain of the people that went through this horror story.
The area with which Lidice once stood is there but only some foundations of buildings like the school still stand. There is the statue of the school children there which can't not pull on your heart string when you look into their eyes.
If you like history it's a must. I fear Lidice is one of the less known horror stories of the war and people should know what took place.
It's not far out of Prague, from the main bus station it took us about 25 minutes to get there, simply walk across the road and you are there.
Written September 23, 2019
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Sharon G
Warrenville158 contributions
A moving experience
Sep 2019
A truly senseless and terrible Nazi atrocity led to this memorial to the former people of Lidice. It is hard to get to by public transportation, but if you have a car, this is a unique experience that we are glad we did nor miss. Start in the museum. Even though there was nothing in English, the whole story of the place was made obvious in the slide show and video. Then walk through the exhibits and end with some interviews of the survivors, with english subtitles. The statuary on the site was well done.
Written September 18, 2019
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pjblast
Winnemucca, NV117 contributions
Very Moving
Sep 2019 • Solo
If you’re visiting Czech, this is a memorial to see. It is deeply moving. I don’t have the words to do the memorial justice.
Written September 3, 2019
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