Grenzübergang Finsterau / Bučina
St2127, 94078 Mauther Forst, Deutschland
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A beer from Bohemia

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On the evening of the opening of the border between Czechoslovakia and Bavaria, Helmut Haselberger was sitting at home in his living room. Suddenly, his son came in and asked him if he would like a Czech beer. Helmut was surprised and asked his son where he had gotten the Czech beer from. His son replied that had been invited to crossing the border in Finsterau/Bučina by Czech adolescents. He accompanied them to nearby Kvilda and brought his father the first beer from Czechoslovakia after the opening of the Bavarian-Czech border.

Helmut Haselberger

Helmut Haselberger

Helmut Haselberger was born in 1942 in Finsterau where he still lives today. Helmut Haselberger’s paternal family originates in Hüttl/Chalupky on the Bohemian side of the border just a few kilometers away. His father married into a Finsterau family just before the end of the war. For Helmut, Finsterau was the end of the world in the era of the Cold War. From there you could only go in one direction - to the West.

Grenzübergang Finsterau / Bučina

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Finsterau ist ein kleines Dorf im Bayerischen Wald in der Gemeinde Mauth. Bučina befindet sich fünf Kilometer entfernt, auf der böhmischen Seite der Grenze. Der Ort war vor 1946 deutsch besiedelt und ist heute eine Wüstung; die Gebäude wurde wegen der Errichtung des Grenzsperrgebietes 1956 abgerissen. Die Grenze wird an dieser Stelle von einem Bach markiert. Grenzübergang Finsterau / Bučina ist ein "grüner" Grenzübergang, der nur von Fußgängern und Fahrradfahrern passiert werden darf.

Grenzübergang Finsterau / Bučina

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A beer from Bohemia

A beer from Bohemia

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Crossing the border became the test of courage

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First encounter with border officials

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