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Born: 8 April 1912
Died: 18 June 1942
Cause of death: Suicide
Notable because: Popped a cap in Heydrichs ass, ending a life of extreme darkness.
Jozef Gabčík was a Slovak soldier involved in Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich (one of the most important men in Nazi Germany). Gabčík was born in Palosnya in the Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (today Poluvsie, part of Rajecké Teplice, Slovakia. He became a paratrooper of rotmistr (approx. UK Staff Sergeant) rank. At the end of 1941, he and Jan Kubiš secretly landed in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia to plan the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, which they carried out on May 27, 1942. Heydrich was wounded but survived and at that time his injuries were not considered fatal. He was rushed into the hospital, where it was later revealed that he was suffering from blood poisoning and succumbed several days later.
The Nazi officials in the Protectorate carried out an extensive search for the two men in the subsequent days. Eventually, they found them together with other paratroopers in an Orthodox Church in Prague. However, after a six hour battle, in which the Germans lost at least 14 killed and 21 wounded, Gabčík and the others, with the exception of Kubiš who was seriously wounded by a grenade, committed suicide before the Nazis could reach them in the Church catacombs. Kubiš was wounded in the battle and died shortly after arrival at the hospital.
The village of Gabčíkovo in southern Slovakia is named after him, and one of the biggest dams on the Danube next to the village is named after the village. Jozef Gabčík also gave name to the "5th special forces regiment of Jozef Gabčík" ofthe Slovak Army, based in
Žilina With the aim to commemorate the heroes of the Czech and Slovak Resistance, the Slovak National Museum in May 2007 opened an exhibition presenting one of the most important resistance actions in the whole Nazi-occupied Europe.
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