Jiří Padevět

The Touch of Anthropoid

Dotek Anthropoidu
Dotek Anthropoidu
Academia, 2017, 304 pp
Language: Czech
Genre: Essay, Other
ISBN: 9788020026750
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An impressive collage of documents of the time, visual materials and thrilling fictional passages gives a tangible portrait of the 1942 assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague which changed history.

Using an innovative approach, this book describes the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia with a terrifying vividness: it is compiled of reports from the press of the time, police decrees, the Gestapo’s investigation reports, rich visual material, maps, messages, but also recipes and short prosaic passages in which real historical characters appear. With insistent emotions and through the eyes of a screenwriter, the author presents Operation Anthropoid, an airdrop of parachutists with the aim to assassinate the acting Reich protector, Reinhard Heydrich. The author proceeds chronologically from the planning for the assassination in Great Britain in 1941 to the punishments of people involved in this operation in the spring of 1942 and other reprisals including the destruction of several Czech villages.


“A thrilling book combining artistic prose and protectorate-era documents […]. This book, completely defying the “fiction” and “non-fiction” categorisation, will captivate anyone who knows this dramatic and in some respects extremely gruesome period of our history.”


“A remarkable reflection on the depths and heights of human bravery, fear and pain.”

—Zdeněk A. Eminger, iLiteratura

Language: Czech
Title: Dotek Anthropoidu
Place: Praha
Publisher: Academia
Year: 2017
Pages: 304
Genre: Essay, Other