My latest book is now available – A Ray of Light: Reinhard Heydrich, Lidice, and the North Staffordshire Miners
In March 2013, I was at the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent with my son. We were asked if we’d like to see a film about the Czech village of Lidice, destroyed by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Hitler had ordered that Lidice was to be utterly destroyed. He wanted the memory of the village to die along with its inhabitants. The miners of North Staffordshire in Great Britain, however, had other ideas. Led by a local doctor named Barnett Stross, they organised a fund-raising campaign to pay for a new village to be built once the war was won.
During the Cold War, relations with Czechoslovakia became strained, and the story was largely forgotten. The story that should be widely known, and I’m pleased to be able to do my part in spreading awareness.