Poledník
state border · Hochschachtenstraße, Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald, 94227 Lindberg, Germany
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František Šedivý helped two fugitives to cross the border to Bavaria in the fall of 1948 and the spring of 1949. For security reasons, he didn’t know their names and they didn’t know his. The first crossing was an older man, probably an army officer with his wife. The second crossing was far more complicated. This time it was a young woman, perhaps the widow of an intelligence officer, and her two small children. “She was carrying one child and I was carrying the other one. The journey lasted for nearly five hours and then I had to walk back the same distance and return before daylight, quietly to my home,” František Šedivý recalled. Šedivý knew Šumava only from his several previous trips that he had made in the summer of 1948. He set out from the road from Srní and then walked the hillside slope of the Poledník. He had never crossed the border himself. He only accompanied the fugitives within sight of the border stones. He doesn’t consider his help with the border crossings an important episode of his life, just a kind of an amicable assistance. More important were his other resistance activities, for which he was also convicted. The StB had never learned about his help with the border crossings.

František Šedivý

František Šedivý

Frantisek Sedivy was born on July 2, 1927 in Zadni Treban. During WWII after German terror was unleashed following Heydrich’s assassination, he was expelled from his high school, (lyceum). He was sent to lJunkers factory in 1944. At that time he got involved in the resistance against Nazis as a messenger. He joined resistance again, this time against communist regime, after communist putsch in February 1948. He distributed fliers, managed twice to lead refugees across the border in Sumava Mountains, and as a student at a university was one of the organizers of a group that was preparing for the anticipated fall of the regime. In early 50s he successfully uncovered an agent and a provocateur Golda. For that he was arrested in 1952 and sentenced to 14 years in prison. He was jailed in Mirov and many other prison camps in Jachymov region: Central Camp, Camp L – so called Tower of Death, Bytiz, and Vojna. He was released on probation in February 1964.

Poledník

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The borderline mountain Poledník, 1315 meters high, is located in the Bohemian Forest. Around this peak, (with its at present already renowned boundary stone number 16), courier František Zahrádka made two journeys to Bavaria. Thanks to him a total number of eight people managed to flee across the border. The mountain was an important orientation point also for others who helped people to escape from Czechoslovakia. Nowadays, there is a 37 meters high observation tower located at the peak of the Poledník mountain.

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František Šedivý
Well, then, I’ll go to Bavaria

Well, then, I’ll go to Bavaria

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