All you need to know about the Story of the Lidice Shall Live Campaign, The project and how to get involved in just over two minutes! To find out how to get your code on a permanent memorial sculpture- watch this!
During World War II, Hitler had Lidice raised to the ground in a vengeful attack on the Czech people of the village.
What happened after the war was quite remarkable.
Sir Barnett Stross, A Stoke-on-Trent Doctor and Councillor and then MP led a campaign with the support of the mining community of the area to rebuild Lidice, a Czechoslovak village which had been destroyed by Nazi forces during the Second World War in a 1942 massacre.
Stross was deeply affected by the Lidice tragedy. Immediately after news of the event reached Stoke-on-Trent he spoke to miners and their leaders, proposing the reconstruction of the village of Lidice to commemorate this crime against humanity forever. On the afternoon of Sunday 6 September, in The Victoria Hall, the "Lidice Shall Live" movement was formed in the presence of Czechoslovak President, Edvard Benes, Will Lawther, President of the Miners' Federation, and Soviet Ambassador Bogomolov. The name of the movement came about in defiant response to Adolf Hitler's proclamation that "Lidice shall die". It was Barnett Stross who so vehemently replied, "Lidice Shall Live!"
An audience of 3,000 men and women heard Dr Benes' concluding remarks: "This meeting has made it clear that Lidice has not died: it lives on in the hearts of the people of Stoke-on-Trent at least. From now on, Stoke-on-Trent will forever in the heart of every Czech citizen".
In the months that followed, from its base in Stoke-on-Trent fund-raising campaigns were organised, collecting donations from British miners and workers to pay for the construction of a new Lidice. For this work, Stross was honoured by the Czechoslovak government with the White Lion of Czechoslovakia, and became Chair of the British-Czechoslovakia Society, and he used this position to highlight human rights abuses under the Communist government.