SS General Reinhard Heydrich in his office during his tenure as Bavarian police chief. Munich, Germany, April 11, 1934.
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March 7, 1904
Reinhard Heydrich is born in Halle an der Saale, in the German state of Saxony.
Heydrich receives his high school diploma.
March 30, 1922
Heydrich enlists in the German navy.
Hedyrich is compelled to resign from the navy after being found to have dishonored the officer corps. Soon afterward he becomes involved with the Nazi party.
Reich Leader of the SS Heinrich Himmler brings Heydrich into the SS and tasks him with developing the SD.
December 26, 1931
Heydrich marries Lina von Osten, whom he met the previous year.
The Nazis obtain control of the German state with the appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor.
April 1, 1933
Himmler, commander of the Bavarian political police detective force, appoints Heydrich as his deputy.
Nazi party Deputy Chief Rudolf Hess names the SD the sole agency authorized to gather political intelligence inside the Third Reich.
Heydrich takes command of the Gestapo while remaining chief of the SD.
June 26, 1936
Himmler appoints Heydrich chief of the Security Police Main Office (Hauptamt Sicherheitspolizei).
January 24, 1939
Hermann Göring authorizes Heydrich to develop plans for a “solution to the Jewish question” in Germany.
September 27, 1939
Himmler appoints Heydrich to command the RSHA, which formally links the Security Police and SD.
June 22, 1941
Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union. Under orders from Heydrich, the Einsatzgruppen of the Security Police and SD follow the German army and begin to systematically kill Jews.
July 31, 1941
Göring authorizes Heydrich to coordinate resources of the Reich for a “solution of the Jewish Question” throughout Europe.
Hitler appoints Heydrich Acting Reich Protector for the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (now: Czech Republic).
May 27, 1942
Czech parachute agents succeed in rolling a hand grenade under Heydrich's vehicle, as Heydrich travels to the Prague airport in an open vehicle. The blast sends metal shards into Heydrich's back and leg, seriously but not mortally wounding him.
June 4, 1942
Heydrich dies of the infection that set in a few days after the assassination attempt.