Alfons hollet had reckoned with everything when he tried to recruit for the federal border guard (BGS) at the district recruiting office – except having to abandon his training. But this did not come from him and it did not mean the end of his career. On the contrary.
The 1. April 1976 was his first day at the BGS in coburg. The border guard was no longer affiliated with the federal armed forces, but was subordinate to the ministry of the interior as the federal police force. For eight years, the native of schonbrunner, who now lives in pettstadt, had committed himself. The training period ended for him after one instead of two years. The reason: in the troubled times of domestic politics, every available man was needed.
"We felt like we were on top of the world"
In nabburg, he waited for his first assignment, which began on the 3. May 1977, he spent three weeks cleaning the house of the federal judge dr. Kruger to guard. The lawyer was targeted by the red army faction (RAF) and was considered extremely dangerous.
"The border guards have made there exclusively the object protection. Operational tactics, weapons training, and property protection were all part of the first year of training. We young people felt very well prepared for this task – but we still lacked a few things", reports alfons hollet.
A sudden departure from the barracks
"In september things really got started. We worked on the 6. September learned that employer president hanns martin schleyer was kidnapped. On 7. September was alarm time at 10 a.M. Volunteers were needed. I reported to the police, because it had happened many times before. At 11.50 o’clock the group leaders checked the pack. It still had not been announced where it was going. Not even when we were already on the road to saarland. There it became me then nevertheless queasy.
Target was the freeway border crossing at echternacherbruck (luxembourg). The entire western border of the federal republic was closed down. There was a 100 percent check on people and vehicles, because it was suspected that schleyer was being held in luxembourg and that the RAF would bring him back to germany from there."
Target: the driver’s head
No matter if commuter, vacationer or other crosser of the border on the highway, all were exposed to the same controls during these days. "Every vehicle that rolled into the stopping area was flanked right and left. With machine pistols with the safety off. Target: the driver’s head."
When we left the barracks in nabburg, no one had thought of taking civilian clothes with them. "We had no idea how long it would take. I was the only one in the group who had packed jeans and a t-shirt.
It was not allowed to move away from the accommodation in uniform. So only i was allowed to take the train to nabburg. I picked up my car, the clothes "orders" of the comrades and returned to the scene of action.
All border guards who had already been there for six weeks were replaced. This was also bitterly necessary, since it came to interpersonal problems. On 12. October we entered the barracks – on standby. For the first time I was at home again in the night, when the lufthansa plane "landshut in mogadishu was stormed and the RAF leadership committed suicide in the stuttgart-stammheim penitentiary. In response, hanns martin schleyer was assassinated.
On 13. October i signed up for personal security at the federal criminal police office. I had to take an exam and was taken immediately."
Alfons hollet’s first place of operation was gymnich castle, the guesthouse of the federal government at that time. Only from these days there are pictures. "For personal protection, no cameras were allowed to be taken along. Not official and not private."
With karl castens on a hiking tour
Many famous politicians were entrusted to the protection of the franken. "The newly elected president karl carstens was a friend of hiking. And so he roamed the countryside in casual clothes and we walked along in patent leather shoes.
Two personal security guards were sent along when the president of the federal constitutional court, professor bender, wanted to take a vacation. He had a sailing ship moored in the mediterranean sea. I had already signed up for it. But luckily someone told me in time that bender is a risky sailor who only goes out in bad weather. I am not that seaworthy. So someone else traveled with me."
Alfons hollet also spent six weeks campaigning with alfred dregger (CDU) and accompanied jurgen mollemann (FDP) for five months. "He was chairman of the german-arabian friendship. A fact to which there is almost no reference on the internet. From munich, occasional guests from the near east went to the rustic producer krauss-maffei."
Even in the crosshairs of the RAF
In the bavarian state capital, the personal security officer himself was once in a dangerous situation. "My job that night was to drive around the block at the hotel bayerischer hof and keep a lookout for anything suspicious. I had to report every half hour.
I noticed that a car always followed me only on a certain section of this round trip. I gave the mark through. It became quiet at the other end of the radio channel and then came the instruction: ,stay where you are and close all car doors from the inside immediately. We are coming.’
I learned from the head of command that this was a terrorist license plate. So I was in the RAF’s crosshairs myself for a short time. Mollemann, by the way, was the only member of the bundestag who was on security level 1, because an attack had been made on his vacation home in italy."
Bundestag president was suddenly gone
Alfons hollet describes the weeks he spent with richard stucklen, president of the federal parliament, who came from weibenburg (central franconia), as the best time of his life. "He was extremely relaxed and grounded. And he once made me sweat quite a bit. In may 1979, he made the kick-off at the DFB cup final in berlin. My task that day was to take him from his home to nurnberg airport, and then to receive him there again. I was watching the game on television.
When the camera panned over the prominent seats in the stadium again, I saw that stucklen was no longer there! I raced to the airport and arrived just in time. He had taken a machine earlier to nurnberg. Nowadays, before such an action, he could reach for the cell phone. But back then?"
In october 1979, hollet transferred back to the BGS in coburg. Since the operation was launched, the border section between neustadt bei coburg and tschirn has been the focus of attention. "I liked doing border patrols and enjoying the frankenwald. There were always three of us: a driver, a patrolman and a second man. His equipment included a rifle, pistol, backpack, binoculars and a service camera.
"Small border violation"
Once i had forgotten the service camera and just on this day it came to a curious incident. In the forest above ludwigsstadt there was a terraced wall. We hoard that up there just ran GDR frontiersmen. Suddenly one of them opened his fly and peed into ruber’s vest. And I could not photograph it!"
Alfons hollet (61) has been retired since 2014. After his time with the federal border guard, he worked as a judicial officer. The father of three sons and grandfather of four grandchildren likes his new job as a host in bamberg because he has a passion for history, the country and its people.
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