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Lidice Memorial Review
There is an eerie silence at Lidice. The lovely green rolling hills, small pond, babbling brook, and groves of trees are typical of the Czech countryside; but somehow the events that happened here remain in the air. It's incredibly moving to walk around the empty area, constantly reminding yourself that within living memory, this was a thriving village before the Nazis effectively erased it from the map.You'll first enter the colonnade that houses a small museum. Inside, you're introduced, through photographs, to the original inhabitants of the city. German documentation from the time describes the horror of the mass murder in a disturbingly straightforward fashion. The staff doesn't speak much English, but they can play a short film in English on request. The grounds of the memorial are free to wander. You can buy a map inside the museum for 10 Kč or book a guide to escort you around the entire area for 500 Kč. Heading straight from the museum you'll encounter a vast rose garden. At the opposite end of the garden from the memorial is a rose map with a history of the garden and detailing which roses are planted where and why. For example, the west portion of the garden is planted with light-colored roses to honor the children. Heading straight down the hill from the museum, at the end of the terrace, you'll come to a round building called In Memoriam. Here rotating thematic exhibitions are presented. Signs point out what used to be at that particular location, and you'll find the remains of a few foundations, such as a church and a school, scattered about. Be sure to walk over toward the Children's War Victims Memorial. This life-size sculpture of the 82 children gassed by the Nazis is haunting in its detail, particularly the delicate facial expressions. On the opposite side of the path is a stark cross, which marks the place where the men were executed. You can continue walking to the end of the field to see the former location of the town's cemetery.
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