Crossing the border with a backpack
In the year 1948, Vladimír Beneš took part in some voluntary work in the border region of Šumava. His chief from the Boy Scout asked him whether he would like to accompany someone across the border. Beneš recalls: “I went to see my father and asked him what he thought about that. He took a moment to think and finally said: ‘Go.’" That is how, at the age of twenty, Vladimír Beneš decided to leave the Republic. On this matter, Beneš commented: “We joined a group of scouts and set out on a trip to the Black Lake. Each of us had a small backpack with a snack, there were about 14 or 15 of us, just a small group. When we reached the border and it was possible to see the slope below, the two of us stayed behind. The others continued to go among the trees and we separated ourselves from the group by going down the slope. We got to the village of Brennes and there was already a patrol.” After the initial formalities they were taken to the office of the CIC where the main interview took place and eventually they ended up in Regensburg in a camp for refugees from Czechoslovakia. Beneš states: “After a week they took us to a special camp, there were many of us there already. The present professors there organized lectures on all sorts of topics.” For Vladimír his life in emigration had just begun.