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Prague Velvet Revolution

and WWII Sites and Other 20th Century Events Tour

Order Tour Code: P 16
Tour availability: Tour available in summer season Tour available in winter season Recognized by UN as an unique heritage site
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This is a driven 4 hour tour.
Our guide will walk you through the steps of the Velvet Revolution which started the end of the communist regime in 1989.
You will see the place where the Nazi protector Reinhard Heydrich was shot , the crypt and the church where the priests hid the paratroopers that participated in the assassination , the places connected with the annexation of our country by the Soviet Military Troops and other fascinating places where the Great 20th Century Events have occured.
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"Adolf Hitler visited Prague only once, on 15 March, 1939, the day Germany occupied the Czach lands and Moravia. He made the first step to build p the power of the Black Order. In 1934 Adolf Hitler appointed Heinrich Himmler the task of organising the SS in the manner of a religious order, and not just a policing unit. The SS gained a hierarchy ranging from an intiate brotherhood to senior membership, those in the innermost circle of command, belonged to the Black Order, and were educated in the highest doctrine.
The crusading monks of the Black Order, bearers of the Death´s head, received their initiation rites at various castles, after complenting la Napola, a seminar and preparation course run by Himmler personally.
Notable members of the innermost circle included Reinhard Heydrich, the brutal "Hangman of Europe" and Reich protector of Bohemia and Moravia, he belonged to the core of the SS.
Heydrich was appointed on 27 September 1941, replacing his predecessor Konstantin von Neurath. On 28 September the silver emblazoned runes of the SS flag were raised for the first time in Prague, on a day maliciously chosen, the 28th is the date of an anniversary in honour of St. Wenceslas (Vaclav), the patron saint of the Czech lands.
Heydrich had plans for Prague, and hoped to rebuild the capital as one of the most prominent cities of the Nazi empire, a gateway to the East and to the Balkans. The defeat of local resistance and the cleaning-up of the city were only the first steps towards what was intended to be the complete "Aryanisation" of the Czech nation and lands.
The Czech government, exiled in London, was aware of the danger the new Protector represented for their country, and sent two specially trained paratroop teams to assassinate the Nazi leader. The assassination was successful, and Heydrich died from injuries on 4July 1942. The Nazis retaliated by destroying the village Lidice.
The seven paratroopers took cover in the cellar of the Church of Cyril and Methodius, but were surrounded by Nazi soldiers. Some were shot and some committed suicide rather than be taken alive."

text - Jiri Kuchar - "Praha esotericka"

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