Jumped over to the neighbours'
Ferenc Schlaffer spoke a bad Hungarian. He was born to a family of smallholders of German ethnic origin. He was taught to be a skilled worker. Although as a roofer he had a good wage, when he turned 18 and understood that his family had planned it several times, he realized that he wanted to leave Hungary."I felt deep sorrow for having been deprived of everything we used to have,” he recalled. Schlaffer was born into the midst of the reprisals against the German minority who was considered to be guilty of the crimes of WWII. His family lost their lands and the house which had previously guaranteed them a relative well-being. So, some days after his 18th birthday Ferenc Schlaffer arrived home from work, he handed the wages to his mother and he took his bike. "I said simply that I was leaving, but I didn’t add that I was leaving the country.” He biked to the outskirts of Pornóapáti half a kilometer away from his house. On the way, he encountered his elder sister and her daughter, and he greeted them without revealing what he was planning to do. The neighbouring Austrian village, Deutsch Schützen "was so near you could see it” from the fringes of Pornóapáti. Border guards patrolled Pornó regularly, but "for those who were from there and knew the area it wasn’t a problem to cross the green border whenever there was a chance to leave the country. I knew where the guards were. Some patrolled, and others were also in the wooden tower.” He drew up between the Hungarian custom house and the station where the Austrian customs officers were. He ran to the fencing, climped it and jumped over to the other side. It was over in a matter of seconds. Even if the border guards noticed him, they couldn’t shoot at that point. And so Schlaffer arrived to Deutsch Schützen.