Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich (7 March 1904 – 4 June 1942) was a high-ranking SS-officer who had positions such as Director of the Reich Main Security Office (including the Criminal Police, the Gestapo, and the Sicherheitsdienst).
Heydrich was appointed acting governor of Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia in 1941. He was attacked in Prague on 27 May 1942 by a British-trained team of Czech and Slovak partisans with the support of the Czechoslovak government-in-exile. He died from his injuries a week later.
Revisionists have argued that Heydrich had successfully calmed previous unrest in the Protectorate by methods such as improved conditions for the workers. Czechs are argued to have tried to stop the attack and to have helped the wounded Heydrich. The politically correct version instead describes Heydrich's regime as a rule of terror. Revisionists have further argued that the Allies hoped that the Germans would react harshly to the assassination of Heydrich and that the countermeasures taken would incite the Czech public.
Another theory is that Heydrich was about the expose the critical Allied spy Wilhelm Canaris and that this was prevented by the assassination. Heydrich was also investigating Martin Bormann as a possible Allied spy.
Lidice and the expulsion of the Sudetenland Germans
As a reprisal for the assassination, Lidice, a town that had housed some of the assassins, was leveled, and the men shot. 173 men were killed.
See the article on National Socialist Germany and partisans/resistance movements on reprisals.
Lidice was used as a justification for the expulsion of the entire population of Sudetenland Germans from Czechoslovakia and that was associated with mass deaths/killings on a far larger scale, but that are mentioned much less frequently than Lidice.
Heydrich and the Holocaust
See other articles on the Holocaust on general Holocaust revisionist views on the Holocaust.
See the article on World War II statements argued to support Holocaust revisionism and Hermann Göring: 31 July 1941 directive on Heydrich's involvement in Jewish emigration from Germany (including to Palestine) as well as the allegation that Hermann Göring ordered Heydrich to implement the Holocaust on 31 July 1941.
See the article on the Wannsee Conference on this topic.
See the article on the Einsatzgruppen on alleged killings by these units, which were subordinate to Heydrich.
See the article on Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka camps on Operation Reinhard/Operation Reinhardt.
See also the "External links" section on many specific revisionist criticisms of the politically correct view on Heydrich.
- Reinhard Heydrich: Part I
- Reinhard Heydrich: Part II
- Reinhard Heydrich: Part III
- Reinhard Heydrich: Part IV
- Reinhard Heydrich: Conclusion
- Reinhard Heydrich: Part IV http://revblog.codoh.com/2012/09/reinhard-heydrich-4/
- Reinhard Heydrich: Conclusion http://revblog.codoh.com/2012/09/reinhard-heydrich-5/
- Reinhard Heydrich: Part III http://revblog.codoh.com/2012/09/reinhard-heydrich-3/
- Carlo Mattogno. (2011). Chelmno—A German Camp in History and Propaganda. Holocaust Handbooks. http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?page_id=15