Death on the Lookout
Not only the refugees were the casualties of the Iron Curtain, but the frontier guards as well. Petr Motejl almost lost his life on the borders. He was a member of a border company in Železná in Český les. He exchanged the shift with his friend who was shot on the lookout tower on December 20, 1964. The border guards used to patrol in pairs. That day, Josef Ulrich had a shift with a newcomer Miloš Dobřichovský who deserted and escaped to the West Germany. To get through the wired border he needed Ulrich´s keys to unlock the gateway. There was a skirmish and two shots. Finally Dobřichovský pushed Ulrich down from twelve meters high lookout. The soldier died of the wounds.