Romance at the border between Bohemia and Germany
Jiří Tuček, a Czech, met his future wife Iris Smíchek during a trip to London. They fell in love and started dating, even though they were separated by the German-Czechoslovak border for two years, (1970 – 1972). The border checkpoint in Rozvadov symbolically represents their separation, but also their reunion. His girlfriend would come to see him to Czechoslovakia by car. Jiří Tuček would always drive to the last settlement before the border and then he kept walking down the road until they met at some point. "There was a bit of romance in this. We would meet and then we’d drive by car to Prague. And when she had to depart again, we drove together to the last settlement where we parted. Later I used to accompany her farther down the road, all the way up to the point where I could no longer go beyond. Then we said goodbye, embraced each other for a long, long time and then she would disappear in Germany,” he remembered. Their rendezvous attracted the suspicion of the border guards. They were subjected to a number of searches and interrogations. Finally, Jiří Tuček emigrated to Germany in 1972.