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Above all the leaders in the Third Reich, Reinhard Heydrich was the
one who knew the answer to the Jewish Question. As appointed
Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, Heydrich's rule can best be
described as one of ruthless efficiency. He is the only Nazi which
the Allies thought so dangerous that he had to be specifically
assassinated. After Hitler learned that the Czech town of
Lidice assisted in the successful plot, he was so enraged that
he had all residents of the town shot (about 400 people), all of its
buildings burned to the ground, and the debris bulldozed.
|7 Mar 1904
|Reinhard Eugen Tristan Heydrich born, Halle an der Saale, Germany.
|Riemann's Musical Encyclopedia contains the entry for Reinhard's father, "Heydrich, Bruno, real name Süss." Süss is generally considered a Jewish surname.
|Joins Reich Navy.
|Attains the rank of Second Lieutenant.
|Attains the rank of First Lieutenant.
|Resigns, conduct unbecoming a gentleman.
|Joins Nazi Party.
|1 Sep 1939
|Hitler reluctantly invades Poland, but only after being provoked by warmongering Poles. The previous night, a Polish commando team shot their way into a German radio station in the border town of Gleiwitz, and broadcasted a radical call to arms against the peaceloving nation of Germany. Except that it was all an elaborate sham engineered by Nazi general Reinhard Heydrich, dubbed Operation Canned Goods.
|Appointed Protector of Bohemia and Moravia.
|27 May 1942
|Assassinated by Czech partisans with a bomb.
|4 Jun 1942
|Heydrich dies from his wounds.
Faces of Death |