The Minkovice prison was just like a concentration camp
Miroslav Kočica was born in 1955 in Znojmo and he has been living in Hevlín in the southern corner of Moravia immediately close to the Austrian border for his entire life. His mother died when he was a little boy and his father remarried. Miroslav has been imbued with the environment of the border zone and the incessant danger since he was a young man. He himself was at risk of losing his life - when he was twelve years old, border guards mistook him for an intruder and they shot him in his leg. When he was twenty, Miroslav decided to emigrate. Together with his friend they planned to seize an agricultural aircraft Čmelák and use it to fly over to Austria. However, the authorities soon learnt about their intentions and Miroslav was sentenced to five years of imprisonment for preparing this criminal act. He served his sentence in Minkovice. Minkovice was an ill-reputed prison where the inmates toiled as slaves producing the renowned Czechoslovak costume jewellery for the state-owned company Preciosa. After his release Miroslav returned to Hevlín and he has been living there ever since. His son works in Austria and his daughter is a nurse.