Do Not Paint Austria!
Jozef Chrena is a landscape painter. Even though he grew up in a village Moravský Svätý Ján near the Morava River, because of restrictions imposed by the government he could never approach it, and surely not paint it on his canvas. Since he wasn’t allowed to paint the Morava River within the surroundings of his home village, he decided to at least paint the landscape panorama at the confluence of Morava and Danube from the Devín Castle. Shortly after setting his painting stand on top of the castle ruin a Border Guard soldier appoached him. He told Jozef that he had to turn his stand so that he wouldn’t be able to paint a view of Austrian territory. He recalled: “I began to paint only the Slovak side, but when he left, of course, I also painted the Austrian part. That's the kind of meaningless orders they had!” Such a small and today funny episode illustrates the pathological jealousy of totalitarian regime of protecting its Iron Curtain, behind which it was forbidden to look.