In Czechoslovakia a Russian antiaircraft battery camped by a wide and peaceful meadow covered with wheat near which grazed sheep. Wherever the Red Army soldiers looked, hundreds of wild poppies bloomed. Among them stood a sign. The Russians read: "Here used to stand the village of Lidice" (obliterated in 1942, together with all but two of its inhabitants, by the Nazis in reprisal for the assassination of brutal "Hangman" Reinhard Heydrich).


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