Broumov, former Border Guard Headquarters
201, 348 15 Broumov, Czech Republic
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Meeting a Relative

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Miloslav Komínek was arrested on April 4, 1948, when attempting to flee across the border to Germany, and taken to the office of the Border Guard in Broumov. The fact that Miloslav Komínek was shot in the belly and therefore severely wounded was of no concern to the guards. “There, in the office, they were beating me up until I was completely finished. And as I was lying there on the ground, covered in vomit and all the other bodily fluids that came out from everywhere, the Border Guard captain appeared. He started to ask me about all these discreet things that we discussed only within the family. I was baptized as Miloslav, but he called me Milouš; only people in the area where I lived called me like that. He was mentioning many details from my family and I was thinking who the hell that guy was. And then, when he kicked me for the very last time, I suddenly remembered. I thought to myself: ‘Oh my God, this is my father’s cousin!’ And it really was him,” recalls Miloslav Komínek - an unexpected meeting with his relative.

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 with 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.

Broumov, former Border Guard Headquarters

Available in: English | Česky

The closely guarded facility near Broumov housed the local headquarters of the Border Guard. The Border Police of the Czech Republic used the premises of the 15th Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Brigade until 2007. It is still the property of the Ministry of the Interior but is not in use.

Broumov, former Border Guard Headquarters

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Meeting a Relative

Meeting a Relative

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