Anthropoid (2016) is a movie based on Operation Anthropoid — a mission carried out by Czechoslovak soliders-in-exile to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich.
Kudos to my mother for successfully selecting a marvelous film. She deserved the hug that I gave her after we finished watching it.
As someone who enjoys learning World War II history, I was amazed by the heroic tale of the Czechoslovakians to the point where I immediately researched the accuracy of the film and the true story.
After reading this webpage, I was shocked to learn that the actors did closely resemble the people involved in the attack, and that the film was mostly accurate.
It baffles me how I have never heard of Operation Anthropoid and the historical figures involved in it (such as Heydrich) in all of my years of schooling.
The planning, execution, and success of the mission were a huge slap-to-the-face for the Nazis, which woke them up to the reality of how weak they are compared to the Czechoslovakians, the Allies, and the common man.
The mission also shows how the Czechs and Slovakians have a common history of being strong and united people despite the eventual dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993.
I would love to visit the church, the street where the attempted assassination took place, Heydrich’s house, and the Prague castle.
I have been to Prague once many years ago, and I was enchanted by the quaintness of the little town.
The next time I visit Prague in the near future, I will surely walk through its historical streets again with another fresh pair of eyes.