Krapice, Kammerdorf
The road from Františkovy Lázně to Libá · 21320, 350 02 Libá, Czech Republic
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My daddy died because of an informer

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The father of Blažena Baborová, Jan Anděl, fought in World War II in the Czechoslovak Army in France and Great Britain. In 1945, he became the caretaker of a hotel in Františkovy Lázně. After 1948, because he could not accept the Communist victory he became involved with smuggling people across the border into Germany. Eventually, he too decided to emigrate with his family. On April 11, 1948, he set off to take a large group of his friends and family across the border. The fugitives met at the Labutí jezero Lake in Františkovy Lázně around 10 o’clock at night, and proceeded along the Jadran swimming pool through the forest between the ponds. When they came out of the forest, they were supposed to cross the road leading around the village of Libá and pass into Germany. However, somebody had informed state security of their escape plan. Members of the National Security Corps were already waiting for the fugitives at the border. Jan Anděl was shot and killed after getting into a conflict with one of the border guards.

Blažena Baborová, née Andělová

Blažena Baborová, née Andělová

Blažena Baborová was born on February 7, 1935, near Nitra, in the Slovak Republic. She completed an apprenticeship for a clock maker in Nové Město nad Metují. She worked as a saleswoman at a jewelry store in Aš and in Cheb and later as an accountant at a spa resort in Františkovy Lázně. In 1990, she retired.

Krapice, Kammerdorf

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The small village nowadays belongs to Františkovy Lázně. Many ponds can be found in its proximity. Smuggling routes leading to the state border were located in between them. Jan Anděl was among those who used these smuggling routes. He was killed in an unsuccessful attempt to cross the border in a place near to the road leading from Františkovy Lázně to Libá.

Krapice, Kammerdorf

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My daddy died because of an informer

My daddy died because of an informer

Blažena Baborová, née Andělová
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