After the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Gestapo agents found the radio transmitter in Ležáky which belonged to Operation Silver A. Alfréd Bartoš, the leader of resistance group Silver A, committed suicide in a hopeless situation. On June 24th, 500 SS troops and policemen surrounded Ležáky, took away all the inhabitants and the village was reduced to "rubble". All 33 villagers (both men and women) were shot and thirteen children were taken away into custody. In mid-December 1943, the débris of Ležáky was pulled down by 65 men from Nazi work camps.
Among the 13 children, sisters Jarmila and Marie Šťulík were selected for the 'Aryanisation' programme (both were later found and returned after the war). The remaining 11 children were sent to the Chełmno extermination camp and in summer 1942 gassed (together with one girl from Lidice).
Ležáky was not rebuilt after the war, and only memorials exist today.