Czech Radio digitises full archive of trial with key figure in Lidice massacre

Source: Tomáš Roček, Czech Radio

On the occasion of the anniversary of the Nazi occupation of Bohemia and Moravia on March 15, 1939, Czech Radio’s archive has decided to publish the digitised recordings of the trial with Karl Hermann Frank. One of the highest ranking Nazis in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, who played a key role in the infamous Lidice massacre, was sentenced to death in 1946.

A Bohemian German, Karl Hermann Frank was born in Carlsbad in 1898. At the time of the invasion of the rump state of Czechoslovakia in 1939, he was the deputy governor of the Sudetenland region which had been annexed by Germany from Czechoslovakia a year later.

A leading figure within the Sudeten German separatist movement during the 1930s, Frank quickly rose through the ranks of the Nazi administration of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, eventually being put in overall charge of the local SS and police forces. He played a key role in the annihilation of the villages of Lidice and Ležáky following the killing of Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovak soldiers.

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Author: Thomas McEnchroe