Leštnice
A village, the population of which was displaced in the 1950s. · L8169, 3844, Austria
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A village that was depopulated twice

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The family of Josef Cejpek came to Leštnice after the war for the purpose of re-settling the border lands. They began to farm on an abandoned farm that was left deserted after the Germans had been driven out. Six years later, in 1951, they were forced to leave their new home. Leštnice was designated part of the restricted border zone and therefore it was supposed to be demolished. Unlike their German predecessors, the Cejpek family was allowed to take their property with them. They loaded it on a horse-drawn wagon and took it to nearby Slavonice, where they settled. Their cattle and agricultural machinery became the property of the collective farm in Maříž. It took almost 40 years before Josef Cejpek could come back to Leštnice that he considered to be his birthplace. On closer inspection, he could still make out the former dam of the village pond, the well in one of the desolated gardens, the sunken basements of the demolished buildings and other small visible ruins hidden under a vegetation of weedy shrubs and rubble.

The prohibited border zone

The prohibited border zone

The zone was a narrow strip of territory along the Czechoslovakian border with Austria and the Federal Republic of Germany, established under the Provisions on the border area of April 28, 1951, which divided the existing border zone into two zones. All civilians had to leave the zone by the end of April 1952, and the abandoned villages demolished based on a Decree of the Ministry of the Interior that was published on August 19, 1952. The demolition took place between the years 1953 - 1957.

Leštnice

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In the 1950s the Czech borderlands saw several hundred villages, settlements, and solitary houses situated in the immediate surroundings of the Czechoslovak border with Austria and West Germany destroyed after the displacement of their inhabitants. One of those ill-fated places was Leštnice, (Lexnitz in German), located near Slavonice. That small village consisted of several houses located around the village green with a small pond. Its dominant was a small wooden village chapel. Nowadays Leštnice is almost a forgotten place, which shares its fate with many other villages that were destroyed after the creation of a restricted border zone.

Leštnice

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A village that was depopulated twice

A village that was depopulated twice

The prohibited border zone
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