Pastviny (Friedersreuth), Czech – Bavarian borderland
electric device for the protection of the state border · Faßmannsreuth 16, 95111 Rehau, Germany
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Killed by electric power

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On October 4, 1961, the electrical installation for the protection of the state borders became fateful for the West-German citizen Albert Jenke. For unknown reasons, he had tried to illegally cross the border to Czechoslovakia nearby Pastviny, (Friedersreuth), in the region of Aš. He died while trying to climb over the second barbed-wire entanglement that was charged. His lifeless body was found on the day after the tragedy by Czechoslovak border guards. On his body, they only found a receipt of the loss of Jenke’s personal documents issued by the local authority in Walpenreuth. They investigation carried out by the Czechoslovak authorities tried to reconstruct his attempt to cross the border: “About 40 meters away from the wire entanglement, a place was found where he probably lay and watched our territory. He then crossed the control strip in a crouched position and climbed over the outer wall of the wire entanglement, (the upper end of the vertical wire had been bent). After he had suffered the electric shock, he fell between the outer and the inner wall. The signal device surprisingly didn’t detect a short circuit”. The investigators – based on a number of presumptions – deduced that Jenke had planned to cross the border for a long time and probably had the support of others.

Pastviny (Friedersreuth), Czech – Bavarian borderland

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In late 1950s the state border in the sector supervised by the 3rd Sapper Company of the Border Guard based in Pastviny was secured by three fences, (called walls). The outer fences were designed to decelerate the advancement of intruders and restrict access of animals to the inner fence, which was live. The high voltage, (usually 2000–6000 volts), in the wires was generated by the company's transformer. Any damage to the electric conductor, (e.g. if the conductor was cut), resulted in a short circuit and subsequently in a power failure. That was a signal for the alarm patrol, which immediately headed for the place of intrusion. Having regard to high costs of its operation as well as criticism from certain European states, the electric device for the protection of the state border was removed following the decision of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia taken on 26 December 1965.

Pastviny (Friedersreuth), Czech – Bavarian borderland

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