The border crossing Furth im Wald/Folmava
Böhmerstraße 62, 93437 Furth im Wald, Germany
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Since the late 1960s, Gerhard Hoch had worked as a police officer at the border crossing Furth im Wald. There he witnessed the occasional brutality of the border controls. The Czechoslovak officials would keep people waiting for hours in the heat only to be denied entry to the FRG in the end. A reason for denial was, for example, a mismatch between the photographs on the visa and in the passport. The picture on the visa depicted the bearer with a beard while the picture in the passport showed the same person without a beard. In such cases, the Bavarian officials would help in very elementary and practical ways: “we’d shave the beard using our office equipment – an old office scissors. We cut away the beard so that he could visit his old aunt”.

Gerhard Hoch

Gerhard Hoch

Gerhard Hoch was born in 1940 in Weiden in the region of Oberpfalz. In 1959, he started to work for the Federal Border-Protection Service. In 1967, he enrolled to the Bavarian police. Based on his experience with the Bohemian border, he opted for a position with the Border-Police Commissariat in Furth im Wald. For some years, he worked in middle-rank positions at the Border-Police station in Höll. Since 1981, he was heading a unit at the border crossing Furth im Wald. In 2000, he retired. His day-to-day work mostly entailed the clearing of travelers but he also experienced escape attempts, the brutality of some of the officials at the border crossing or the cooperation with the Czechoslovak colleagues and the opening of the border in 1989.

The border crossing Furth im Wald/Folmava

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The road border crossing Furth im Wald/Folmava (Vollmau) was closed in 1949 and reopened on July 18, 1964. Ahead of its reopening, it had to be adapted in order to accommodate the future traffic load. A road crossing and before that a pedestrian crossing was opened in 1964. In addition, a railway station is to be found in nearby Furth im Wald that lies on the line Schwanberg - Furth im Wald - Pilsen.

The border crossing Furth im Wald/Folmava

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Fleeing in a wooden box

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Practical entry support

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The lost service pistol

The lost service pistol

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