The Killing of SS Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich

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Recounts the assassination of the feared Reichsprotektor of Czechoslovakia by two Czech resistance fighters aided by British Secret Service and others, examining the ruthlessness and brutality for which Heydrich was known.

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Known as the Hangman of Europe, Heydrich was head of Nazi security policy, governor of occupied Bohemia-Moravia, and was considered by many of his cohorts to be the ideal SS man. MacDonald, senior lecturer at the Univ. of Warwick, England, traces his rise in the Nazi hierarchy, his role in programs of mass slaughter, and provides a nail-bitingly suspenseful account of his assassination on June 4, 1942. The book seems at first a straightforward story about the execution of a spectacularly evil war criminal, but MacDonald goes on to explore the dreadful ramifications of the act, which included the massacre of some 5000 Czechs and the destruction of the village of Lidice. As for the two assassins, recruited from the Czech Brigade in England and parachuted in by the British, they were betrayed by a third parachuted agent, a saboteur whose complicated motivations, we're shown, included a desire to put an end to the reprisals. History Book Club main selection; BOMC alternate.
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An outstanding study of the problems confronting Czech resistance against the Nazis. MacDonald interprets Heydrich as a man devoid of principle, yet shrewd enough to see that the Third Reich depended for success on the acquiescence of the peoples it conquered. As "Protector" of Bohemia-Moravia, Heydrich proposed to demonstrate the worth of a policy blending repression and conciliation. His relative success challenged the Czech government in exile to respond by a campaign of sabotage and assassination. MacDonald demonstrates the overwhelming difficulties facing the underground. Its principal achievement, the killing of Heydrich, generated massive reprisals which broke the back of active Czech resistance, but ultimately laid the international groundwork for Czechoslovakia's restoration as an independent state. Recommended for most collections. History Book Club main selection.
- Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll . , Colorado Springs
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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