The StB Commander Helped Me
Shortly after February 1948 the then Major Miloš Knorr was removed from his office of professor at War University in Prague because of his activities in western armies during the Second World War. Miloš Knorr knew that nothing good awaited him in Czechoslovakia so he started to plan his escape from the Republic. He decided to make use of his long-time friendship from his youth and asked František Mucha for help. František Mucha was a commander of the StB, (State Security), in Znojmo in 1948. Knorr recalled that: “At night we and his small boy set out from Mucha´s villa for a walk to the wood near the border. We tried to act naturally. Then we met Mucha´s agent who forded the river Dyje to Austria with me.” But that was not the end of his journey. The passage through the Soviet occupation zone to Vienna was very dangerous. Knorr states that “they came for [him] with a fake Austria ID. The chauffeur arrived with his wife and a small baby. I asked him why he puts them at risk, but soon I understood. When we were stopped by a Russian soldier who started to check our documents, the woman pinched her baby and it started to scream. The Russian forgot about the documents and concerned himself with the baby. The chauffeur said: ‛Let us go, as we ride it calms down.’ - ‛Ok then, go.’ We were checked three times and we always went through successfully.” In August 1948 Miloš Knorr was removed from all his military offices for illegally leaving the country.