Břeclav, railway embankment
05529, 691 41 Břeclav, Czech Republic
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Mosquitos at Dyje

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Vladimíř Zbořílek emigrated through Austria in 1948. He crossed the borders of Czechoslovakia with his friend near Břeclav. “We were crossing the border near the customs office and there we experienced the first adventure. We were climbing across the railway embankment and we did not know what followed. The embankment was close to the border line. When we got through it we saw a man in a uniform, probably a police officer. He had a bike. He was watching us slithering through the high grass. We thought it is over that he arrests us.” In summer 1948 the border between the Soviet zone of Austria and Czechoslovakia was not well-guarded and the police officer let them go through. “We were stung by, hundred or maybe thousands, mosquitoes at dried-up feeders of Dyje. That night was difficult, the mosquitoes stung us despite our shirts.” In Austria they found a willing priest who changed their money and told them where to catch the train.

Vladimír Zbořílek

Vladimír Zbořílek

Vladimír Zbořílek was born in Morkovice near Kroměříže in 1924. He studied at grammar school Křenová in Brno and after that he studied history and French at Masaryk University. He graduated in 1948. Because he could not leave Czechoslovakia for specialized training to France in summer 1948 he and his friend decided to escape to Austria, via Břeclav. In Austria they went through difficulties across the Soviet zone to the American zone. They continued past Germany to France where he studied at Sorbonne University. He also stayed in Madrid. In 1952 he emigrated to the USA. His beginnings there were not easy; at first he worked in a stapler factory in New York, after that in the company Stechert-Hafner that exported and imported books from the entire world. Then he was a substitute teacher at a college in Colorado, where he taught Spanish. And the other place of operation was the Girl's School in New Hampshire. Since 1956 he continued his postgraduate studies of history at University of California in Berkeley and later he changed his subject of studies and specialized in Slavonic studies. He worked at the Czech department at the university and was the head of this department until 1965. In 1970 he moved to Miami where he taught until he retired in 1995.

Břeclav, railway embankment

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Railway embankment near Břeclav, and close to the Austria border.

Břeclav, railway embankment

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Mosquitos at Dyje

Mosquitos at Dyje

Vladimír Zbořílek
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