The middle of the twentieth century saw Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, subjected to two of the most brutal regimes in European history: first the Nazis and then the Czechoslovak Communist Party. With its background a fascinating blend of history – from the origins of the Jesuit order and the Thirty Years War to its place at the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – the newly formed Czechoslovakia became a valued prize for the competing regimes which tore Europe apart in the 1930s and 1940s.
Visits to the Museum of Communism and Wenceslas Square will bring alive key moments in the history of Czech Communism and the people who opposed it, whilst for a broader historical tour it is possible to include guided tours of the former Nazi prison and ghetto of Theresienstadt and Lidice, the village destroyed by the Nazis in the aftermath of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich.
Both guides were brilliant! Knowledgeable, interesting and informative. The students were thoroughly engaged.
Conflict and Tension in East and West 1945-1972
Superpower Relations 1941-1991
Living Under Nazi Rule