The village of Lidice was set on fire and the remains of the buildings destroyed with explosives. Even those buried in the town cemetery were not spared. Their remains were dug up and destroyed.
All this was in mistaken retaliation for the assassination of SS-Obergruppenführer and General of Police Reinhard Heydrich, Acting Reichsprotektor of the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemian and Moravia. The village of Lidice, unlike the village of Lezaky which was also destroyed and its people massacred, had nothing to do with the assassination plot.