Prague, Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral
Hiding place of parachutes during the WW2 · Resslova 1780/8, 120 00 Prague-Prague 2, Czech Republic
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Jan Kubiš, a coolheaded guy, who killed Protector Heydrich

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Jan Kubiš, a coolheaded guy, who killed Protector Heydrich On June 18th 1942 at around five a.m. an SS strike commando comprising of twenty five men enters the church of St. Cyril and Methodius. Jan Kubiš, who took part in the assassination of Heydrich, is at that time on watch in the church gallery and the choir loft together with Adolf Opálka and Josef Bublík. The uneven battle takes almost two hours. Jan Kubiš is lethally hurt by a shrapnel from a grenade and never regains consciousness. He dies during his transfer to an SS field hospital in Podolí. From his wide-ranging family 250 people are gradually arrested. His closest family members are transferred from the Small Fort of Terezín to the concentration camp Mauthausen where they are executed.


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Jan Kubiš

Jan Kubiš

Born in Dolní Vilémovice on 24 June 1913 to the family of shoemaker František as the second of four children, he lost his mother at age six. His father married a widow who had four of her own children, and together they had four more. As a result, he grew up in a family with eleven siblings. Having completed the primary school, he worked as a farm worker. He joined the army at twenty two. Four months after the occupation, he left for Poland and then Algeria where he joined the Foreign Legion. Evacuated to England after the demise of France, he received training for special tasks. His friend Gabčík interceded for him to be included in the Anthropoid team instead of paratrooper Karel Svoboda, injured during the training. The team of two had the orders to attack the Reich’s third highest-positioned man, Reinhard Heydrich. The team fulfilled its orders. Kubiš died on 18 June 1942; he bled to death in an ambulance following the battle in the church in Resslova Street.

Prague, Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral

Available in: English | Česky

The orthodox cathedral of Ss. Cyril and Methodius was a hiding place and after that a scene of the last resistance of five Czechoslovak parachutes from England during the Second World War. Between these five there were also the soldiers who organised and assassinated the Reich protector Reinhard Heydrich. The parachutes fought almost 800 members of the security forces of the Protectorate. The fight lasted incredible six hours.

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