Krásná (Schönbach bei Asch), waterworks no. 320
the state border · Krásná 320, 352 01 Krásná, Czech Republic
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The Escape of the waterworks employee Václav Duchek (1978)

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On August 29, 1978, two waterworks employees, Václav Duchek and Stanislav Cabal, came to the Krásenská waterworks, house No. 320, to perform some routine service tasks. Both were on a list of service personnel authorized to work behind the barricades unattended by the border guard. The patrol on duty therefore didn’t hesitate to let them pass to the area of the waterworks in the company car. Little did they know that Václav Duchek planned to escape on that day. According to the report, the two men arrived at about 9 o’clock in the morning to the waterworks building, where they were already awaited by a permanent employee of the waterworks Mr. Zíma. “In the hall of the waterworks, Duchek inquired about the possibility of using the toilet and was told by comrade Zíma, that the toilet in the building was out of order and that he would have to go to the nearby forest. Comrade Zíma then went away with Comrade Cabal and Duchek left for the forest. When, after about 15 minutes, he still hadn’t returned from the forest, Cabal went to the vehicle and blew its horn to give Duchek a signal,” he recalled. He blew the horn again after about five minutes when he noticed two letters lying on the dashboard. One was for the police and the other one for the colleagues. It read as follows: “Dear colleagues, friends, as you’re reading this letter, I’m no longer with you, but a few kilometers away...” Václav Duchek successfully crossed the border to West Germany and already on September 3, 1978, he sent a postcard from Stuttgart to one of his Czechoslovakian friend. According to the letter addressed to the police, his escape wasn’t politically motivated.

Krásná (Schönbach bei Asch), waterworks no. 320

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The waterworks supplied drinking water to the town of Aš. The building was then situated in the restricted zone and was surrounded by a wire barrier. In the immediate vicinity of the building there is a boundary marker no. 17. For the purposes of state border surveillance the persons operating the waterworks had to be screened and reliable.

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