Meeting a Relative
Miloslav Komínek was arrested on April 4, 1948, when attempting to flee across the border to Germany, and taken to the office of the Border Guard in Broumov. The fact that Miloslav Komínek was shot in the belly and therefore severely wounded was of no concern to the guards. “There, in the office, they were beating me up until I was completely finished. And as I was lying there on the ground, covered in vomit and all the other bodily fluids that came out from everywhere, the Border Guard captain appeared. He started to ask me about all these discreet things that we discussed only within the family. I was baptized as Miloslav, but he called me Milouš; only people in the area where I lived called me like that. He was mentioning many details from my family and I was thinking who the hell that guy was. And then, when he kicked me for the very last time, I suddenly remembered. I thought to myself: ‘Oh my God, this is my father’s cousin!’ And it really was him,” recalls Miloslav Komínek - an unexpected meeting with his relative.