Vienna, Porzellangasse
The 430th department of CIC · Porzellangasse, 1090 Vienna, Austria
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Jeez, you are Hrušková!

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On Monday March 14, 1949 at eight o´clock in the morning four young people came to the 430th department of American CIC that was in the Porzellangasse Street in Vienna. The first one to prove her identity was a young girl, the officer shouted out: “Jeez, you are Julie Hrušková!” It was true. “Yesterday they called us from the borders that you escaped with three guys that day at three o´clock. And that you were so fast that they could not catch you.” Julie and her friends really ran away from the Czechoslovakia on the previous day. She knew that they did not pass unnoticed and that the Austria finance officers knew about them. Though some of them were her father´s frineds she kept running away. “They would have probably helped us to Vienna. But we did not know it. I did not want to say at home that I am leaving with the boys.” After that Julie was taken to the refugee camp in Linz.

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, Porzellangasse

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The 430th department of the American CIC had its address in Porzellangasse in Vienna.

Vienna, Porzellangasse

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Jeez, you are Hrušková!

Jeez, you are Hrušková!

Julie Hrušková
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