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The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich

Callum MacDonald



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Birlinn Ltd
01 May 2007
History; European history; Second World War; Political assassinations; War & defence operations
SS-Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich rose through the ranks from relative obscurity in the 1920s to the pinnacle of power in the Third Reich by 1936. He was considered the most dangerous man in Nazi Germany after Hitler himself. He was Himmler's deputy, yet even Himmler feared him. He operated in secret, quietly devoting his time to organising the Holocaust. On 27 May 1942 a Czech agent, part of a team of parachutists trained by SOE, threw a bomb at a passing Mercedes Heydrich was travelling in. Eight days later he died in agony from his wounds. The assassination sent a shock wave through the Nazi leadership and provoked ferocious reprisals against Czechs and Jews, the most notorious of which was the total obliteration of Lidice and the massacre of its inhabitants. Based on original archive material and interviews with surviving members of SOE and Czech military intelligence, this story of danger and tragedy is as exciting and strange as a spy thriller.
By:   Callum MacDonald
Imprint:   Birlinn Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   illustrated edition
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   302g
ISBN:   9781843410362
ISBN 10:   1843410362
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 May 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Before his death in 1996, Callum MacDonald was a historian at the University of Warwick. His publications include The Lost Battle: Crete, 1941, The United States, Britain and Appeasement and Korea: The War before Vietnam, as well as numerous articles on appeasement and the origins of the Second World War.

Reviews for The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich

`Excellent' -- Robert Kee * Observer * 'A nail-bitingly suspenseful account' * Publishers Weekly * 'Callum MacDonald has discovered much new material . . . and is an expert story-teller' * Daily Telegraph *

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