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Plover woman tells tale of Czech city wiped out by Nazis

6:02 PM, Aug. 16, 2013
Charlotte A. 'Toni' Brendel will be signing her book 'Lidice: Remembered Around the World' Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Book World at 1136 Main St. in Stevens Point.
Charlotte A. 'Toni' Brendel will be signing her book 'Lidice: Remembered Around the World' Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Book World at 1136 Main St. in Stevens Point.
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When Charlotte A. "Toni" Brendel was 10 years old, her grandfather, a Czechoslovakian immigrant, brought her to memorial site surrounded by people in black attire honoring the people of the Czech village of Lidice.

In spring 1942, the village of fewer than 500 people was wiped off the face of the earth by Nazi invaders acting under the orders of Adolf Hitler, who ordered retaliation for the assassination of a German official who had been killed in the region.

All of the men in the village were shot dead the next day; the women were sent to Ravensbruck Concentration Camp and 82 of the 105 children in ...

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