TUNE Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate - Lidice
During the second world war, the Nazi's completely destroyed the mining village of Lidice in Czechoslovakia, deliberately killing 88 children and 252 adults, in reprisal for the assassination by resistance fighters of Reinhard Heydrich, one of the chief architects of the Holocaust. Hitler wanted the village to be wiped from history and forever forgotten. Maps were changed and a river re-routed to avoid the previous location of the village.
In response to the worst acts of inhumanity, we often find the best of humanity. Around the world areas and babies were named in memory of Lidice. A group of coal miners in a mining village in Staffordshire, led by their local doctor, Barnett Stross, set up the organisation Lidice Shall Live. The community donated a day's wage each week to fund the rebuilding of the village after the war. Hitler wanted the name Lidice to be forgotten - he failed. This song is dedicated to the memory of all those who have been killed because of their origins, and all those who stood in solidarity.