Tři Sekery
20175, 353 01 Tři Sekery, Czech Republic
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They Shot Me in the Belly

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In March 1948, Miloslav Komínek and several of his friends decided to cross the border and flee from Communist Czechoslovakia. As a trained pilot, he was supposed to shoot two movies in the USA in which he was supposed to do the acrobatic flying, but the regime did not allow him to leave the country. Several hundred meters from the state border, he was shot in the belly by the Border Guard. “I stayed lying there. My friends saw that I was still breathing and they carried me to a nearby farm. I woke up two days later lying in a barn, in a story where they kept old hay. I came to my senses and saw a doctor and the farmer and his wife. I could see the fear in their eyes. They were risking a lot. It was the border area, which was strictly guarded; you couldn't even enter the area without permission. What could I have done when I saw the fear in their eyes?” Miloslav Komínek recalls. Although he could hardly move, he decided to try to cross the border again. He continued: "I decided to cross on Sunday, April 4. I didn't want those people to risk because of me. Unfortunately, the weather was bad that day, it was snowing and raining. I had only few meters left to the border, but I kept falling down all the time. I overestimated my strength. I couldn't stand the pain anymore, so I hid in a house and thought: ‘Be it the God’s will, whatever comes, I need to find some warm place.’ I was crawling for four or five hours a distance that a healthy man would make in thirty minutes.” In the end, exhausted and extremely tired Miloslav Komínek was arrested by Border Guard: “They got me in that house and took me to their office, where they were beating me up until I was completely finished.”

Miloslav Komínek

Miloslav Komínek

Miloslav 'Milo' Komínek was born on 20th July 1926 to Josef Komínek, a worker at the iron-works in Frýdek-Místek, and his wife Marie. He finished his apprenticeship as a locksmith and a cine-operator. During the Protectorate period, he participated in the underground resistance as most of the members of his family. He helped mainly with the manufacture of explosives and bombs. He was interested in politics, after the war he began to cooperate with the Czechoslovak People's Party. He also passed a flying and parachute training. In 1945 to 1948 he represented Czechoslovakia in aerobatics at air shows all around the world. In 1948 he tried to escape abroad but he was caught and imprisoned for a short time. After the release in summer 1948 he became a part of a resistance group Portáš-Jánošík operating in the North Moravian Beskydy mountains. The group was soon revealed and its members received severe sentences. Milo Komínek and his five friends, all between 17 and 21 years old, were sentenced to a sum of 53 years in prison... Milo Komínek passed through prisons and camps at Bory, in the Jáchymov area, (the Rovnost mine), at Leopoldov and Valdice. He was released in 1965. In 1968 he left the country through Austria and Switzerland to Canada where he runs small publishing company. After the Revolution he expanded his publishing activities back to the Czech Republic.

Tři Sekery

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The first written mention of the community of Tři Sekery, (German: Königewarten Dreihacken), dates back to 1529. Ore was mined in the vicinity from the 17th century. The US Army artillery destroyed several houses at the end of the war. After the eviction of the original German settlement, two-thirds of the village were resettled in 1946. Several uninhabited houses were demolished in the 1960s. The place where M. Komínek was caught near the village is outlined approximately based on his account.

Tři Sekery

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They Shot Me in the Belly

They Shot Me in the Belly

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