Hangmen Also Die! (1943) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • On May 27, 1942 the Nazi Reichsprotector of Bohemia/Moravia, the "Hangman" Reinhard Heydrich, died from the bullets of unidentified resistance fighters. Hangmen Also Die is the story of Heydrich's assassination in fictionalized form. It was Bertolt Brecht's only comparatively successful Hollywood project; the money he received allowed him to write "The Visions of Simone Marchand", "Schwyk in the Second World War" and his adaptation of Webster's "The Duchess of Malfi". Hanns Eisler won an Academy Award for his musical score.

    - Written by J.Arnold Free <arnold@mayahtt.ca>
  • An apocryphal version of the assassination of the Nazi leader and Czech "protector" Reinhard Heydrich by a resistance fighter in World War II. The story follows the assassin as he evades the widening Nazi dragnet, protected by his fellow Czechs even to the point of self-sacrifice. As the Czech people are put to the sword in increasing numbers in retaliation for the assassination and their refusal to give up the killer, a plan evolves to provide the Nazis with an "assassin" who is actually a Czech traitor.

    - Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>
  • On 27 May 1942, in Prague, the Deputy Reich-Protector of Bohemia and Moravia "Hangman" Reinhard Heydrich is shot by the resistance member Dr. Franticek Svoboda. After the attempt on Heydrich's life, Nasha Novotny when questioned by the Gestapo, gives them wrong information as to which direction Svoboda took off in. When Svoboda sees that he is trapped, he goes to Nasha's apartment seeking shelter and he introduces himself as the architect Karel Vanek. He is welcomed by the patriarch and former revolutionary Professor Stephen Novotny and spends the night with the family. The next morning, the Gestapo captures hostages including Professor Novotny to force the population to denounce the assassin. Nasha goes to St. Pancracio Hospital to find the resident surgeon Dr. Franticek Svoboda and ask him to surrender to the German authorities to protect the hostages. She soon learns that she is going to have to take matters in to her own hands.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • After the Nazi administrator of Czechoslovakia is shot, his assassin tries to elude the Gestapo and struggles with his impulse to give himself up as hostages are executed.

    - Written by dule1029@aol.com


In Czechoslovakia on June 4, 1942 during the Nazi occupation of World War 2 the vicious Nazi Gestapo leader Reinhard Heydrich...

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