Escape by a ladder
By the help of a ladder three young men, inhabitants of Szombathely, escaped to Austria in 1977. They live in Great Britain. "They were in this museum some years ago and told the story of their risky run away. They were afraid to take a hammer and nails to the forest, because it wouldn’t have been wise to hammer there, but hey succeeded in tucking a jack knife in their pocket. Their plan was to cut poles in the forest and bind them with a cord. Fortune smiled upon them and they found enough in a baling machine on the skirts of the forest. Luckily the machine had been left there by the workers of the local farmers’ agricultural co-operative. They were keeping their eyes on the patrol. They knew they had 8-10 minutes for the escape after his passing by. The first and the second vault went quite smoothly, because the next one could help by steadying the ladder. When the third of them wanted to vault they were in trouble. Nobody could hold the ladder and it fell down. The man told me he had a narrow escape, all but millimeters, from falling on the alarming device. Fortunately one of them had a saving idea. He quickly cut a longer pole, they carefully passed it through the defence wiring and they firmly reposed the ladder against it to support it. The young man bound that pole to the ladder with a string. He climbed the ladder and jumped. All of them luckily escaped to Austria before the patrol came back," recalled Goják Sándor.