Kroměříž: self-publiself-published (with financial support by the Národní výbor města Kroměříž and the Národní výbor obce Počenic), 1945. Octavo (18.6 × 14.3 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by J. Lukeš; 32 pp. Signed by the author. Wrappers lightly discolored; else very good. Item #6420
Scarce pamphlet about three attackers who killed the German Deputy Reichsprotektor in Prague, Reinhard Heydrich, the "Moravian Jan Kubiš, the Slovak Josef Gabčik, and the Czech Jan Zelenka," as the author stresses. As part of "Operation Anthropoid," Heydrich's was attacked by two Czech resistance soldiers, Jan Kubiš and Josef Valčík, using a converted anti-tank grenade hidden in a briefcase. Heydrich died of his injuries from the detonation on June 4. A campaign to find the assassins quickly unfolded and they were eventually discovered and killed at the Ss. Cyrill and Method Cathedral in Prague. Hitler responded by sending another emissary, known to be even more ruthless than Heydrich, Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, and a wave of brutal reprisals against the Czech populace ensued. These included the razing of the towns Lidice and Ležáky, and executions of hundreds of innocent Czech civilians. The attack had been prepared with the help of the British Special Operations Executive and was approved by the Czech government in exile. It was considered a key success of the Czechoslovak Resistance, given its symbolic resonance and the fact that the "Munich Agreement" of 1938 was rescinded in its aftermath. In the present pamphlet, Ogoun makes the stunning claim that two of the attackers were hidden in his apartment prior to the attack, without the Gestapo finding out. He also contextualizes the attack on Heydrich and explains its larger significance within the Czech anti-German resistance.
This copy was signed and inscribed by the author on September 19, 1945.
Outside the Czech Republic, KVK and OCLC show copies at Stanford (Hoover) and Utah State.