The death of a deserter from Aš
Günther Vadas was born on September 1, 1938, in Aš. He knew the surrounding terrain very well and according to the border guard he had already twice tried to cross the border. During his military service he frequently got involved in violations with the result that he was sentenced to nine months of imprisonment. This apparently made him once again try to get out of Czechoslovakia to the West. On April 6, 1961, at 2:43 in the night, he embarked on his journey from the railway station Aš-town equipped with some modified pliers. He proceeded to the point where he intended to cross the border down the road and then he walked along the railway tracks. Shortly before 4:00 in the morning, Vadas entered the border zone. His march towards the state border was veiled by the morning mist. When he detected the movement of the members of a border patrol, he lay down. After a while, he kept on crawling to the border, reaching the first defensive line of barbed-wire entanglements. He managed to crawl underneath 5 rows of signaling wire-entanglements. He managed to overcome the middle row of entanglements crawling on his toes and fists, thus not leaving behind too many traces. He then cut through the first and the second wall of the outer wire barricade with his pliers, the handle of which he coated with rubber hoses to protect himself from electric shock. However, he underestimated the risk of electric shock in the extremely humid weather on that day. When slithering through the charged wire entanglements, he was struck and then he fell with the brunt of his body on another entanglement. At 5:00 in the morning, the controller at the nearby company garrison noted a short circuit at the central section of the electric wire-barricade. However, he thought that the short circuit was caused by moisture and switched on the system again. After fifteen minutes, the device reported a short circuit again. He thus sounded the alarm and at 5:35, the dispatched patrol found the dead body of Günther Vadas in the wire barricade.