Vienna, The Northwest Railway Station
Nordwestbahnstraße 12-14, Frachtenbahnhof Nordwestbahnhof, 1200 Vienna, Austria
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The Arrival to Vienna

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After the Second World War the South-West Vienna Railway Station was in the Soviet occupation zone. Julie Hrušková and the friends she escaped with to Austria in March 1949, knew that potential arrest by the Soviets would have had very bad consequences. A railwayman from Pleissing gave them the instructions how to behave. He agreed with his colleagues on the train that during a possible checking they give the refugees a signal. “The men from the locomotive were supposed to let us know in case of a patrol. If there was not we could go through, if there was we were supposed to get off the train on the other side and some other railwaymen should take us from the railway station. He had already arranged it with all of them. So we went to Vienna and they showed us we can go. We went through the station, got on the tram, crossed the bridge and were in the American zone.” The escape was successful, Julie and her friends continued to American military police.

Julie Hrušková

Julie Hrušková

Julie Hrušková was born on the 18th of May 1928 in Boskovštejn, Znojmo district. Her father was a game keeper 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.

Vienna, The Northwest Railway Station

Available in: English | Česky

The Northwest Railway Station in Vienna was built in the 1870s and transported passengers from the northwestern part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. After the dissolution of Austria-Hungary, the importance of this railway station diminished. After the end of the Second World War it revived shortly, only to decline again. In the firs years that followed the end of the WWII, it was the most important railways station in the Soviet occupation zone in Vienna. In 1959, it was substituted by the newly constructed station Wien-Praterstern.

Vienna, The Northwest Railway Station

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The Arrival to Vienna

The Arrival to Vienna

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