We Walked the Border, Right on the Boundary Stones
In Prášily in the fifties the construction of the Iron Curtain continued. The border was patrolled by the fifteenth company of border guards from division from Sušice. The Auxiliary Technical Battalions helped to build the clearings. The border guards used to take them to the place of work and often changed the directions so no one could remember the way. In the fifties the Engineer-Technical security of the state border consisted of warning flares that were attached to ten meter releasing wires. Then there was a telephonic connection that was placed on the trees, trenches and trammel electric roadblocks with ploughed field. The border guards were, under the threat of several years of imprisonment, forced to keep or shoot anyone who would try to cross the border. “We used to go to the borders in group of three. So I could say at home I was in the Western Germany I jumped over the brook that was on the border. I did not say anything and hop I was there. And the two were already loading the guns.” On the German side there used to be the members of German Grenzpolizei, and they used to offer the cigarettes to our soldiers. And there were also women in plain-clothes who, according to the police commissars, were supposed to communicate with Czechoslovak border guards. But any contact with people from the western zone was strictly forbidden.