Liščí – Valley
Vanished village Liščí · 19014, 340 22 Všeruby, Czech Republic
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Over the Hills to Germany

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František Wiendl and his father joined the anti-communist resistance movement after the events of February 1948. They also helped people to flee across the Iron Curtain from spring to autumn 1949. The route that they used ran from Nýrskoand around the Chudenín village. The next landmark was a broken wayside cross by the forest above Chudenín. Then, the route continued on a forest road by the Liščák hill, and before the Medvědíkaple it turned to the valley between Liščí, (Fuchsberg), and ČervenéDřevo. Because Mr. Wiendl made his journeys at night, when the orientation was harder, he followed valleys and unevenness of the terrain. Through the valley he walked to a road where border guards used to patrol. There, he always had to wait for the guards to pass. Then he continued on a forest road towards the border. At that point in time, no barricades had yet been placed at the border; they were constructed in 1951.

František Wiendl

František Wiendl

František Wiendl was born on December 31, 1923, in Klatovy. His father, FrantišekWiendl senior, was a carpenter. He was imprisoned by the Russians in the time of the First World War and he witnessed the October revolution of 1917 in Russia. This first-hand experience deeply influenced the stance of the family towards Communism. During WWII, father and son got involved in the resistance activities against the Nazi occupants. František's father was a member of the resistance organization ÚVOD. Unlike his friends, he avoided being revealed and arrested by the Germans. After the Germans burned down the village of Lidice, he founded his own resistance organization and named it Lidice to honor the memory of the village. His son was also involved in the organization. The bulk of the activities of the organization consisted of financial contributions to the families of those who had been arrested by the Nazis. They also distributed leaflets and gathered weapons and material that they wanted to use in the event of an uprising. The group later joined the greater organization Niva that received its instructions from the oversea Council of Three - a channel to maintain contact with the powers abroad. The uprising broke out by the very end of the war in May 1945. The resistance fighters disarmed the German soldiers in the city even before the advent of the American army. Mr. Wiendl became a mason and he studied the technical college of construction in the time of the Protectorate. After the war (1945-1947), he did his basic military service and he attended a school for reserve officers. The rise of the Communists to power and the death of Jan Masaryk led the Wiendl family and their friends from the war to join the so-called "third resistance" against the Communists. At first, they focused mainly on writing anti-Communist slogans and distributing leaflets. Since April 1949, they were also guiding fugitives across the border and they were in touch with agent-walker AloisSuttý. The group was broken up in successive steps. At first, FrantišekWiendl and a fellow associate were betrayed and arrested in November 1949. The rest of the group, including FrantišekWiendl senior and agent Suttý, was arrested in the spring of 1950. The trial was held in December 1950. Agent Suttý was sentenced to death and executed, Mr. Wiendl senior was sentenced to 25 years in prison and Mr. Wiendl junior to 18 years in prison for treason. FrantišekWiendl junior was imprisoned in the Jáchymov region (Eliáš, Nikolaj, "L" in Vykmanov, Rovnost, camp "C") and since 1956 in the Pankrác prison, where he worked in the project design department, drawing up proposals of state construction projects. He continued in this profession even after he was released in 1960 and he stack with this job till his retirement. In the present day, he is active in the Sokol and in the Confederation of political prisoners. He is the president of the Confederation in Klatovy.

Liščí – Valley

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The Liščí valley is situated between two towns that have sinced vanished – Liščí, (formerly Fuchsberg), and Červené Dřevo, (Rothenbaum), and is close to the state borders with the Federal Republic of Germany. There were common routes for the border guides before wire barriers were built in 1951.

Liščí – Valley

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