Lina and Reinhard
David Warner as Heydrich
The widow Lina was interviewed by the NY Times.
“I've had a restaurant here on Fehmarn since 1954,” she said. “I know what the common folk think.” (the restaurant burned down in 1969). In 1976, she published a memoir, Leben mit einem Kriegsverbrecher (Life with a War Criminal). She spoke with several authors, sent in letters of correction to many newspapers, and defended the reputation of her first husband until her own death at age 74 on 14 August 1985 in Fehmarn. “I've had a restaurant here since 1954,” she said. “I know what the common folk think.”
Lina makes it quite clear that Germans are just playing lip service to modern politics. She said: “They talk and talk and they tell you how good a democrat they are. Only if they're drunk do they tell you the truth; The politicians in Bonn are not even aware of how the mass of the populace feels”.
Reinhard she says “had pictures of an enemy — the Communist, the social democrat,” she said, “people who resented the intellectuals and the state. This included the Jews but the Jews were a minority. I don't know anything about the murder of the Jews. Some were arrested, of course, everyone knew that. But I didn't know anything about the details and I didn't mingle with the officials.”
“The Final Solution had nothing to do with my husband,” she said. “That was something falsely attributed to him. The European Jews were all shipped to the Urals.”
After the war, Czech authorities accused Lina Heydrich of having been responsible for the murder of 90 Czech prisoners after the death of her husband and of having escaped from the country with stolen gold, jewels and pieces of art. In 1947, the British military command in Germany rejected the extradition request, asserting that there was no evidence to substantiate a murder charge.
We know who the real criminals are and it was not Lina or her husband Reinhard.