Films to commemorate Stoke-on-Trent miners rebuilding Lidice to be screened


Two films will be screened to celebrate the link between Stoke-on-Trent and the war-torn Czech Republic town of Lidice.

Movie ‘Anthropoid’ and documentary ‘Lidice: a light across the sea’ are being shown at the film theatre on College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, tomorrow (November 30).

Lidice: a light across the sea is a documentary which details about how coal miners rebuilt a town destroyed by Nazis.

And Anthropoid tells the real life story of how two Czech men in British special operations killed Reinhard Heydrich, which led Hitler to ordering the destruction of Lidice.

Campaign poster 1942 for Lidiche in Stoke-on-Trent. from Stoke Sentinel newspaper

Sir Barnett Stross, MP for Stoke-on-Trent, who was a Polish Jewish immigrant,  was so moved by the destruction he organised a rally in September 1942.

He spoke to coal miners and their leaders about rebuilding Lidice.

“The coal miners themselves raised the equivalent of 1 million pound,” said Ray Johnson, a Stoke-on-Trent film expert who is staging the films.

“It was used to build 100 homes and a rose garden, which is now the largest rose garden in the world!”

On June 19, 1942, all 173 men from Lidice were shot without blindfolds or restraints, and the women and children were sent to concentration camps.

To thank Sir Barnett Stross for all he did for Lidice, the town named the road in between the new and old village after him.

“It links to a very important part of our Stoke-on-Trent history,” Ray added.

Tomorrow’s film screenings take place at the Film Theatre, on College Road, Shelton, from 6.30pm.

(Main pic from Stoke Sentinel newspaper 1942)


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