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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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Ul. 10 června 1942, Lidice, Bohemia 273 54
  • Phone: 312–253–088
  • Cost: 80 Kč, 500 Kč guided tour in English
  • Hours: Apr.–Oct., 9–6, Nov.–Feb., 9–4, Mar. 9–5
  • Website:
  • Location: Lidice
Updated: 09-26-2013

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