After the expulsion, they turned the village of my birth into a military training ground
Adolf Tahedl was born on 14 May 1940 to a German family in the former village of Ondřejov near Český Krumlov, previously referred to as Andreasberg. His father fought in the Second World War, initially in France before being taken prisoner in the Soviet Union and was only reunited with his family after deportation. His mother Olga looked after her five children and a small farm. In June 1946 the family was deported. They packed quickly, burying their valuables because they expected to return soon. They were transported first of all by lorry and later in a cattle car to the concentration camp in Furth im Wald. After a three-month stay they were allocated a room at the inn in Regenkamp. After 1948 their father returned from captivity and they settled in Regensburg. Adolf trained as a car mechanic, later working at his father’s woodworking and construction firm. He became independent, prospered and has three sons. After 1989 he met his second wife, a Czech, in Prague. The place of his birth lies inside a military training area and when he illegally visited it for the first time in 1975, everything had been torn down. He would like to buy some property there today, but this is precluded by the military use of the land. He is happy that Czechs are showing interest in the expulsion as a topic and coming to terms with it somehow.