The crying that attracted the frontier guard’s attention
Three young women, Jarka Navrátilová, Růžena Lieblová, and Helena Šidáková, with Helen’s one-year-old son Zdeněk wrapped in a swaddle, were left alone. Their guide had left them there because he had to return to Dobříkov before dawn. Seventeen-year-old Jindřiška Budínská had returned with him, as was originally planned. The young women thought that they must be at the border. In the distance, they could see a dense forest the guide was talking about, when he was explaining the route. Apparently, German cottages were behind that forest. About two hundred meters from the Czech-German border the boy, who had been drugged with a sleeping pill, suddenly started to cry: “That wasn't crying, he was screaming as loud as a siren. From his sleep. ‘For God’s sake, boy, be quiet!’ We cradled him in our arms, kissed him. ‘Zdeněček, go to sleep, don’t cry!’ Nothing worked, in the quiet his crying could be heard near and far. Suddenly, a frontier guard showed up from nowhere and said: ‘Stop!’ But he was nice. He would have let us go but a local milkmaid, who was on her way to a homestead early in the morning and had heard us, told him about the crying. Unfortunately, she was a fanatic Communist, she called at him that somebody was at the border. He was afraid, she would report him. When he approached us, he said: ‘Oh my God, this is big trouble, big trouble,’“ recollects Helena Šidáková. The group was taken by the frontier guard to a nearby station, where he made them tea, wrote a protocol and sat down with them and chatted for a while. He was sorry that he had to arrest them, he was comforting them. The young women asked him what he would do with them. He explained, that in the morning, he had to take them to the prison in Klatovy, where many other escapees were too. And it happened so.