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There used to be a lethal line separating western from eastern Europe: the iron curtain.
For most among our elder members, the images of the infamous Berlin wall and the border between FRG and GDR are strongly present in their minds. But the German/Czech or Austrian/Czech border was equal, with the only exception that border fortifications were not immediately adjacent to the border itself, but often set back by several hundred yards.
This is the famous double railway station at Bayerisch Eisenstein / Zelezna Ruda-Alzbetin where the border went just through the middle of the long station building, separating east and west.
View from the German side where the railway line was operational, with the German stationmaster's office just 5 metres away from the border.
The Czechoslovak side was inaccessible to the Czech people and neither served nor cared for. Taken on film with Canon A 1, scan from paper print.

For comparison with today's situation of freedom see https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:%C5%BDelezn%C3%A1_Ruda-Al%C5%BEb%C4%9Bt%C3%ADn_(train_station)?uselang=de#/media/File:Bayerisch_Eisenstein_Bahnhofstra%C3%9Fe_%C5%BDelezn%C3%A1_Ruda_2008_f.jpg

With special regards to our Czech TE members!
Sven

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