Pleißing, Railway Station
Pleißing 4, 2083 Pleissing, Austria
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The small railway station in Austria border town Pleissing was quiet and peaceful on March 13, 1949. The railwayman, who was on duty, was enjoying the silence and suddenly he saw four young people. They were carefully checking out the building and one of them who spoke German, entered and took soundings. The experienced railwayman knew what was going on. After all, it was not the first group of refugees from Czechoslovakia. He took care of them, let them oversleep, and gave them tickets to Vienna for train that was leaving at five o'clock in the morning. The refugees were young people from Czechoslovakia who came into conflict with the communist regime for their beliefs. Thanks to the railwayman, all of them got safely to the capital city of Austria.

Julie Hrušková

Julie Hrušková

Julie Hrušková was born on the 18th of May 1928 in Boskovštejn, Znojmo district. Her father was a gamekeeper in the Czech-Austrian border region, so he knew the forests and the land around the borders well. After February 1948, a friend asked her to guide him and one other over the borders. She left with them, and passing through Vienna, reached a refugee camp in Linz, where people were being recruited for illegal activity against the totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia. Julie signed herself up. She was supposed to guide refugees over the borders. However, she was detained in the Soviet zone in Linz and taken to České Budějovice. She was interrogated in Brno, as a result of torture and beating, she aborted ,(she had been engaged to an American soldier in Austria, who she never saw again). She was convicted of espionage and sentenced to fifteen years of prison, eight years of which she spent in Pardubice. She was not released until the great presidential amnesty in 1960. After that she worked as a seamstress. On the 28th of October 2010, she was awarded the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, 2nd Class.

Pleißing, Railway Station

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On March 13, 1949, late at night, four Czechoslovakian refugees arrived to the railways station in Pleissing. The railway station staff helped them and the next day the group took an early morning train to Vienna.

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Julie Hrušková
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