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SS-3: The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich

29 MARCH 2012 AT 6.30 PM, THE WIENER LIBRARY, 29 RUSSEL SQUARE, LONDON WC1B 5DP. The plot to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, which was hatched in London and executed in Prague on 27 May 1942, was the only successful assassination of a leading Nazi during World War II. This remarkable moment in history is examined in a compelling film documentary by Jan and Krystyna Kaplan, combining original black and white footage with reconstructions. Following the screening, both Jan and Krystyna Kaplan will participate in a Question and Answer Session with the audience. Admission is free but places must be reserved in advance by emailing info@wienerlibrary.co.uk or calling 020 7636 7247.

About the director:

The Czech documentary film maker Jan Kaplan was born in Prague in 1949 and since 1968 has been living in London, where he studied at the London School of Film Technique. Since 1972 he has directed a number of documentary films, amongst which the most successful ones include Graham Green: A Portrait of a Double Agent  (1975), The Glittering Crowns (1981), The Glory of the Garden (1982), In Search of Holy England (1989), SS-3: The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich (1992), The Shot That Started the Great War (1996) and The King of Diamonds (2010). Jan Kaplan has won numerous prestigious awards, including awards in Tokyo, at The New York Film Festival and the Chicago Festival. Since 1983 he has been a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Art (BAFTA). He is the co-author of the publications Prague in the Shadow of the Swastika (with professor Callum MacDonald, 1995) and Prague: The Turbulent Century (with Krystyna Nosarzewska, 1997). In 1995 Jan Kaplan organised extensive exhibition Prague in the Shadow of the Swastika, and is the author of the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Communism in Prague. Since the 1990s Jan Kaplan has collaborated closely on the majority of his projects with his wife Krystyna, a director and producer.


Reinhard Heydrich was considered the most dangerous man in Nazi Germany after Hitler himself. The plot to kill him, masterminded in England and carried through to finality in May 1942 in Prague is the subject of an award-winning film featuring meticulous reconstruction of these dramatic events, coupled with archive film never seen before. It presents a vivid account of the only successful assassination of a leading Nazi during World War II. First shown on BBC Timewatch, this 54 min. version recreates the terrible human cost of SS savagery against the Czech Resistance and the total obliteration of the village of Lidice.

“Admirable documentary… half a century on it is still a chilling story”


“Incredibble… stranger than fiction”
Miloš Forman

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