The border crossing Furth im Wald/Folmava
Böhmerstraße 62, 93437 Furth im Wald, Germany
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The lost service pistol

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Since the late 1960s, Gerhard Hoch worked as a police officer at the border crossing Furth im Wald. In this position, he had always cooperated with his Czechoslovak colleagues on the other side of the border. One case was particularly delicate: a Czechoslovak customs officer had climbed on the platform of a truck while conducting a check of the truck. The truck was cleared and dispatched to the Germans where it was subjected to a second control and after a few hours cleared and released as well. Shortly afterwards the Czechoslovak customs official noted that he had lost his service pistol on the deck of the truck. Hoch was asked to call out a search for the truck. The truck was found and the competent German border official handed over the lost pistol to the Czechoslovak colleague.

Gerhard Hoch

Gerhard Hoch

Gerhard Hoch was born in 1940 in Weiden in the region of Oberpfalz. In 1959, he started to work for the Federal Border-Protection Service. In 1967, he enrolled to the Bavarian police. Based on his experience with the Bohemian border, he opted for a position with the Border-Police Commissariat in Furth im Wald. For some years, he worked in middle-rank positions at the Border-Police station in Höll. Since 1981, he was heading a unit at the border crossing Furth im Wald. In 2000, he retired. His day-to-day work mostly entailed the clearing of travelers but he also experienced escape attempts, the brutality of some of the officials at the border crossing or the cooperation with the Czechoslovak colleagues and the opening of the border in 1989.

The border crossing Furth im Wald/Folmava

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The road border crossing Furth im Wald/Folmava (Vollmau) was closed in 1949 and reopened on July 18, 1964. Ahead of its reopening, it had to be adapted in order to accommodate the future traffic load. A road crossing and before that a pedestrian crossing was opened in 1964. In addition, a railway station is to be found in nearby Furth im Wald that lies on the line Schwanberg - Furth im Wald - Pilsen.

The border crossing Furth im Wald/Folmava

Na tomto místě

8 days between the borders

8 days between the borders

Gerhard Hoch
Escaping on a light airplane

Escaping on a light airplane

Gerhard Hoch
Fleeing in a wooden box

Fleeing in a wooden box

Gerhard Hoch
Practical entry support

Practical entry support

Gerhard Hoch
The lost service pistol

The lost service pistol

Gerhard Hoch
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