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Author Toni (Charlotte) Brendel provided us with this letter from the Czech Embassy in Washington D.C. in regards to our new release, “Lidice Remembered Around the World.” Reprinted with permission.
July 19, 2013
Dear Ms. Brendel,
Hope you are doing well and enjoying summer time.
I would like to express my deep appreciation to Ms Toni Brendel for her efforts to preserve the memory of the Czech village of Lidice which was brutally wiped off the face of the earth by the Nazis in 1942. With splendid devotion, Ms Brendel took it upon herself to take care of the Lidice Memorial in Phillips, Wisconsin and has initiated many commemorative events. She is now bringing the tragic occurrence to our memory in a book which is as concise as it is momentous.
The book recounts one of the most important events of World War II – the assassination of Deputy Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich. He was a key figure of the Nazi regime and one of the architects of the Shoah, the infamous “Final Solution.” Even though the Czechs rid Europe of the “Butcher of Prague,” their act of courage came with the dire price of the complete annihilation of two innocent villages: Lidice and Ležáky. The brutality of such acts drew worldwide attention and dispelled, in many people’s minds, the last doubts about Nazi Germany.
Toni Brendel’s book accurately renders the reaction of the outside world, especially in the United States of America, and guides us thus through several locations commemorating Lidice to this day. Therefore, Toni Brendel has my sincerest gratitude and warmest thanks – which I would like to hereby express on my own behalf as well as that of the Czech people.
(Signed) Ambassador Petr Gandalovic,
Embassy of the Czech Republic,
Let me know please if I may be of any further assistance.
With warm regards,
Assistant to the Ambassador
Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW | Washington | DC 20008 | U.S.A.
I realized I never wrote to thank you for the absolutely beautiful book of photographs by your son. Both Marty and I have enjoyed looking at it many times and reading the extremely interesting text. But the photographs by your son are stunning beyond words. That he searched for and created such images in the midst of all his travails is an inspiration for us all. Thank you for sending it to us.
——Jennifer Bravestäm, translator of four Swedish novels