Trojmezí (Dreiländereck), fortified post of a hidden patrol
Kočičí hlava (Cat's Head) – a promontory of Aš promontory · 2174, 352 01 Hranice, Czech Republic
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The cooperation of Czechoslovak and East-German border guards on the border with the West

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In the first half of the 1970s, the number of East-German citizens who were trying to get across the Czechoslovak border to the West was on the rise. One of the main border regions used by the fugitives to get to West Germany, was the Tri-border area, (Trojmezí). However, this surge in escape attempts didn't escape the vigilant security authorities of the GDR and Czechoslovakia. “The majority of the intruders of the state border came from the ranks of de-classed GDR citizens. The prerequisite for this activity was the common border between the GDR and Czechoslovakia and a flourishing tourism between the two countries, which allowed the persons wishing to escape to the FRG to carry out a survey of the territory around the border, to get information on the protective system of barriers (even from some of our citizens) and to procure various forms of assistance.” The Czechoslovak security authorities learned this from the interrogations of arrested German fugitives and from East-German border guards. For this purpose close working relations were established between the 5th border-guard brigade and the 10th border regiment of the NDR.

Trojmezí (Dreiländereck), fortified post of a hidden patrol

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The Czechoslovak border guards had a special name for the western promontory of Aš promontory. The called it Kočičí hlava, (Cat's Head), as its shape on the map actually resembled the head of a cat. The local border crossing was often used by East German refugees who were trying to emigrate to West Germany. They took advantage of the fact that the border between Czechoslovakia and West Germany was not so heavily protected as the border between the two German states.

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