The testimony of a contemporary witness
There’s a guest book in one of the rooms of the Iron Curtain Museum, where you can immortalize yourself. Jiří Tuček and his wife used this opportunity at the occasion of their visit of the museum on August 8, 2013. Their entry into the guest book reads: “I spent many, many hours waiting here at the border since 1969. The changing of the guards took particularly long, 3 - 5 hours. This place, associated with many bad memories, has turned into an informative and enlightening place with a very friendly staff. Iris Tuček, Jiří Tuček.” The home of the German Iris Tuček, née Smíchek, Mannheim, is next to it. From there, she used to visit Jiří in Prague, his home. In 1972, Jiří Tuček, originally born in Prague, emigrated to Germany because of his love for Iris. It was no easy decision for him as he had to leave behind his family and many friends. In addition to that, he had to file numerous applications in order to obtain a permit to leave the country. This turned out to be a painstakingly slow process. Finally, he was granted a permit to emigrate to Germany. As Jiří had deep roots in his former fatherland, he’s been constantly coming back to Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic, to visit his relatives and friends.