Velký Bor (the Bohemian Forest)
A place where František Zahrádka used to rejoin a former smuggling road · 16911, Šumava National Park, 342 …
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A people smuggler

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Less than four kilometres from Prášily in the direction of Srní, a village called Velký Bor could be found with 70 houses. After the displacement of the original inhabitants and the establishment of the Iron Curtain it was – like many other villages in the border zone – completely demolished. In this place, during his transit journeys in the summer of 1949, courier František Zahrádka followed the tracks of a former smuggler’s path. In order to reach the frontier milestone number 16, from this place he had to, together with his refugees whom he was “smuggling” from the republic, walk for ten kilometres. The night march through steep terrain was demanding not only in terms of safety and orientation, but it also required good physical preparedness. František Zahrádka gained this ability as a member of the 10th Boy Scout troop in České Budějovice.

Velký Bor (the Bohemian Forest)

Available in: English | Česky

A former village at little less than four kilometres distance from the village of Prášily. At this place, František Zahrádka, a courier who helped people to flee across the border, used to rejoin the former smuggling road during his journeys in the summer of 1949. From there, the boundary stone number 16 was still at ten kilometres distance.

Velký Bor (the Bohemian Forest)

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A people smuggler

A people smuggler

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