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Reinhard Heydrich
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as SS-Gruppenführer in 1940
Deputy Protector of Bohemia and Moravia
In office
29 September 1941 – 4 June 1942
Appointed by Adolf Hitler
Preceded by Konstantin von Neurath
(Protector until 24 August 1943)
Succeeded by Kurt Daluege
(Acting Protector)
Director of the Reich Main Security Office
In office
27 September 1939 – 4 June 1942
Appointed by Heinrich Himmler
Preceded by Post created
Succeeded by Heinrich Himmler (acting)
President of the
International Criminal Police Commission
In office
24 August 1940 – 4 June 1942
Preceded by Otto Steinhäusl
Succeeded by Arthur Nebe
Director of the Gestapo
In office
22 April 1934 – 27 September 1939
Appointed by Heinrich Himmler
Preceded by Rudolf Diels
Succeeded by Heinrich Müller
Personal details
Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich

(1904-03-07)7 March 1904
Halle an der Saale, Prussia, German Empire
Died 4 June 1942(1942-06-04) (aged 38)
Prague-Libeň, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
(now Prague, Czech Republic)
Political party National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP)
Lina von Osten (m. 1931)
Children 4
  • Richard Bruno Heydrich (father)
  • Elisabeth Anna Maria Amalia Krantz (mother)
Relatives Heinz Heydrich (brother)
Military service
  • The Hangman
  • The Butcher of Prague
  • The Blond Beast
  • Himmler's Evil Genius
  • Young Evil God of Death
  • The Man with the Iron Heart
Years of service 1922–1942
  • Oberleutnant zur See (Reichsmarine)
  • Major of the Reserve (Luftwaffe)
  • SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Polizei
Battles/wars World War II
Awards See service record section

Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich (7 March 1904, Halle – 4 June 1942, Prague) was a high-ranking Nazi officer in World War II.

Heydrich was German SS-Obergruppenführer (General) of the Sicherheitsdienst. He was the head of the RSHA, which included the police and the Gestapo. He was one of those responsible for the Holocaust.

In 1941 Hermann Göring gave Heydrich the order to arrange the "Final Solution". Heydrich was attacked in Prague on 27 May 1942 by two Czech and Slovak soldiers trained by the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). They had been sent (with a small support team) by the Czechoslovak government-in-exile. Heydrich died a week later in hospital from sepsis caused by the injuries he sustained.

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