| A lunatic Chaplin imitator|
and his greatest fans
|First as tragedy|
|Then as farce|
Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich (7 March 1904 – 4 June 1942) was a high-ranking Nazi who is among those most directly responsible for the Holocaust. He was alleged to have had Jewish ancestry, though despite Heinrich Himmler wanting him to be expelled from the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler himself overruled the idea, remarking that Heydrich "was a highly gifted but also very dangerous man, whose gifts the movement had to retain. Such people could still be used so long as they were kept well in hand and for that purpose his non-Aryan origins were extremely useful; for he would be eternally grateful to us that we had kept him and not expelled him and would obey blindly." He was so heartless that even Hitler thought he was bad, referring to him as "the man with the iron heart".
He was in charge of the Wannsee Conference, which planned out the Final Solution to the Jewish Question. The most brutal part of the Holocaust, Operation Reinhard, was named for him.
He was critically wounded in an assassination attempt by Czech and Slovak agents and died of his injuries a week later. Faulty Nazi intelligence led investigators to two villages (Lidice and Ležáky). Almost everyone in those two villages was either shot or deported to a concentration camp, where they were killed. Following his death, Ernst Kaltenbrunner succeeded him as head of SS Intelligence. The buildings of both villages were also completely destroyed in retaliation for the assassination.
- The Kersten Memoirs, 1940-1945, p. 96-97