I wonder what "HHhH" means in the alternative title of The Man with the Iron Heart.

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HHhH is the debut novel of French author Laurent Binet, released in 2010 by Grasset & Fasquelle. The novel recounts Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich in Prague during World War II.

The title is an initialism for Himmlers Hirn heißt Heydrich ("Himmler's brain is called Heydrich"), a quip about Heydrich said to have circulated in Nazi Germany. The title was suggested by Binet's publisher, Grasset, instead of the "too sci-fi" working title Opération Anthropoïde.

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