“If future generations ask us what we are fighting for [in World War II], we shall tell them the story of Lidice."
- Frank Knox, U.S. Secretary of the Navy (1940-1944)
The Czech Heritage Museum & Genealogy Center presents “Film Night” beginning at 6 p.m. on June 25, 2015 at the museum, located at 119 W. French Ave., Temple, Texas.
Screening of the 2011 film “Lidice,” will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. There is no charge for the film. Admission to the museum during this event is free.
The film follows the true story of one of the most significant events of World War II. Learn about the people of Lidice, Czech Republic and Hitler’s focused fury on this peaceful little mining village.
At the time, people around the world heard this story and were moved to name their towns and even their baby girls after Lidice. It is still today a popular name for girls in Latin America.
Yet, few Americans have ever heard of it.
The screenplay for “Lidice” was written by Zdeněk Mahler. Mahler is known in the U.S. for his book, “New York: A Mod Portrait of the City.”
The film was directed by Petr Nikolaev and stars Karel Roden, Zuzana Fialová, Roman Luknár, Zuzana Bydžovská and Ondřej Novák.
“This film pulls you into the story by connecting at the heart with small, poignant moments of humanity, but holds you to the end with enough mystery to keep things intriguing,” said Susan Chandler, museum director. “Although there are a few violent scenes, the film maker has thankfully focused on the main characters - their personalities and relationships - to tell the story. It is unrated, but probably would be considered PG-17. It's not for children. We are planning some children's events in the future ... stay tuned,” she said.