CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Where Is Johnny Hvasta?

Leopoldov Prison in central Czechoslovakia is a 17th century fortress with walls 39 feet thick. There last December Stepan Gavenda. a tough Czech worker serving a rap for anti-Communist activity, saw a prison work detail taking bricks, sand and cement into a tunnel in the fortress wall. Said Gavenda to his frailer friend Jaroslav Bures. a bookkeeper also convicted for antiCommunism: "Where there is a hole to be filled in, there's a hole to get out." At the first opportunity they explored the tunnel, which proved to be an old gun port, and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!