Wilhelm Frick Made Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia Hot

Wilhelm Frick Made Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia

Wilhelm Frick

Wilhelm Frick is made Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, succeeding Reinhard Heydrich, who was assassinated by Czech resistance fighters.

Formerly Reich Minister of the Interior, Wilhelm Frick has gradually lost power and respect within the Nazi Party and government. Heinrich Himmler in particular has made things difficult for Frick — the two have been locked in a power struggle which Himmler effectively won when Germany's police forces were taken from the Ministry of Interior and placed under his direct control.

Now, Himmler is given the Ministry of Interior as well, removing Frick from all sources of power. The post of Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia is supposed to be largely ceremonial by this point, with most of the real work being done by Frick's SS deputy Karl Hermann Frank.

Nevertheless, Frick will be an especially ruthless "Protector," going to great lengths to suppress the Czech resistance. In part because of his efforts, Prague will be one of the last occupied capitals of Europe to be liberated by the Allies.

An official Czech report on German war crimes has this to say about Wilhelm Frick's tenure as Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia:

"During the tenure of office of Defendant Wilhelm Frick as Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia from August 1943 until the liberation of Czechoslovakia in 1945, many thousands of Czechoslovak Jews were transported from the Terezin ghetto in Czechoslovakia to the concentration camp at Oswieczim (Auschwitz) in Poland and were there killed in the gas chambers."

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