Although the Germans had already surrendered and celebration to celebrate VE day had begun in many parts of the world,
some German troops decided to go for one more killing spree.
The Massacre in Trhová Kamenice happened on 8 May 1945 in what is now the Czech Republic.
German troops, escaping from Chrudim back to Germany, passed through the village of Trhová Kamenice where they decided to punish supposed partisans.
Near the village they first killed five villagers, including Bedřich Mareš.
On the village borders, the troops found young Marie Pilařová returning from a visit to her relatives. They shot her instantly. They then entered the village, and in the church they captured the parish priest Oldřich Kučera and brutally tortured him to death.
The troops had previously captured four hostages in the near village of Rohozná – Jaroslav Kvapil, Jan Michek (a 17-year-old boy), Janko Trudič and Antonín Novák. The hostages were executed near house number 6.
Under the nearby hill called Třešňovka, the troops shot three more people – Antonín Alinč, Adolf Zábský and Emanuel Kacafír, who were trying to escape. They are buried in the Trhová Kamenice cemetery.
There is now a monument in the village to remember the event. Those responsible were never brought to trial.