I hired Ivo to do some plumbing work on my house. He escaped from the Czechoslovakia with his girlfriend in 1986. They were both from the same small town. They went on vacation to Albania (now Slovenia), at the North end of the Adriatic, right next to Italy. They took their papers and cash, put them in a waterproof container, and swam across the bay to Trieste. It took them two years to get to the United States. Ivo's younger brother was opposed to him leaving, but his older sister was very in much in favor of it.
|Zdenek Pohl and Robert Ospald|
|Bernd Boettger's and his Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV)|
Here are a couple who didn't.
|Daniela Walther with her grandparents|
He may have been ransomed by West Germany. Photo by Cplakidas. The airplane is at Deutsches Museum.