In 1938 Soviets came to our village and deported 13 of our neighbours to Siberia. Just one returned
Bohuslav Andrš was born in 1926 in the village of Czech Alexandrovka, near Odessa in the Soviet Union. He comes from a family of Czech post-White Mountain exiles. In 1938, his father was deported to Siberia by the Soviet regime. Between the years 1941 and 1944, Andrš remained in his home village under German and Romanian rule. With the arrival of the Red Army, he applied to join the Czechoslovak foreign unit. After basic training, he was assigned to the reconnaissance company and fought in the Dukla offensive. He was also a member of the chemical corps. He took part in the liberation of Czechoslovakia with Svoboda’s units. After the war, he refused to return to the Soviet Union and remained in Czechoslovakia. He worked as a gendarme, and then as an investigator for the National Defence Brigade (SNB) until his retirement.