Dalibor Vácha (b. 1980) is a Czech historian and author of fourteen best-selling novels. His prose is mostly dedicated to the great wars of the 20th century, and individual human destinies within them. He focuses primarily on the histories of daily life in the Czechoslovak Legions, as well as of the interwar period. He does not forget the fantastic, however, and he has written a post-apocalyptic novel.
March 2022, 320 pages
The assassination of the acting Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich is considered one of the most courageous acts in the context of the Czechoslovak resistance and in the context of World War II. The novel Death in the Choir Loft depicts the preparations for the assassination of the Nazi butcher, the hell that was unleashed after the execution, and the apocalyptic final battle at the Cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Prague. The book also touches upon the claustrophobic atmosphere of the time, caused by German repression, and remembers the immense bravery of all those who helped the paratroopers and, more often than not, paid for it with their lives and the lives of their families. The central figure of the book is Lieutenant Adolf Opálka, a brave man and the commander of the Czechoslovak paratroopers, who has always stood in the shadow of the heroes Gabčík and Kubiš as well as the traitor Karel Čurda—until now.