Panenske Brezany, Central Bohemia, July 7 (CTK) – A memorial of Czech national oppression and resistance will be opened in the Lower Chateau in Panenske Brezany near Prague by November, Central Bohemia Region spokeswoman Michaela Drobna has told CTK.
During the Nazi occupation of the country, which was turned into the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, Reichsprotektor Konstantin von Neurath and his deputy Reinhard Heydrich lived in the Lower Chateau, while the Secretary of State Karl Hermann Frank lived in the Upper Chateau in Panenske Brezany. In 1942, Heydrich succumbed to injuries he suffered in an assassination attempt by Czech paratroopers, the so-called Operation Anthropoid.
An exhibition in the Lower Chateau will present this anti-Nazi operation, which is considered one of the biggest actions of the Czechoslovak resistance movement, as well as other events from World War Two.
Drobna said the history programmes for primary and secondary schools will be organised in the chateau.
The exhibition will also show the history of the Lower Chateau, the reconstruction of which will be completed soon. The garden and the St Anne’s Chapel by Baroque architect Jan Blazej Santini-Aichel will be reopened after reconstruction in autumn as well.