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Karel Curda

Czech Paratrooper trained by the British during World War 2.


Members of his team were involved with the Assassination of SS Obergruppenfuehrer Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich in 1942. After Heydrich's assassination, many reprisals against the Czech populace to deter them from supporting the allies, like the British, such as the massacres of Lidice and Lezaky, which villages had families that fought against the Nazi-backed protectorate government.

Isolated and afraid for his family, Curda betrayed his team to the Nazis. He spent the rest of
the war as a spy for the Gestapo.

After the War, Sgt. Maj. Curda was caught by the restored pre-communist Czech Government, and was tried and convicted for high treason. He was executed in Pankrac Prison on 29 April 1947.

Curda was portrayed in the 1964 Czech Feature film 'The Assassination' by Czech actor Josef Vinklár (credited as Sgt. Josef Vrbas) and the 1975/1976 US/UK/Czech film 'Operation Daybreak' by British actor Martin Shaw.



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