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Lesbian only cemetery opens in Germany
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Lesbian only cemetery opens in Germany

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 08 April 2014 15:25 Written by // Cec Busby

A 200-year-old Georgen Parochial cemetery in Prenzlauer Berg, a district to the east of Berlin, has opened Europe’s first lesbian only burial ground.

The idea for the cemetery was spawned from discussions within the lesbian group, Safia, whose members are all advancing in age.

The group had been discussing where they would like to be laid to rest and the idea of a lesbian only cemetery was raised.

Astrid Osterland, 69, a member of Safia told the AFP: "We wanted to stay together, to be close to those with whom we lived, we loved, we worked, we fought,"

The project was financed by the women’s housing association, Sappho, and Osterland said she had already reserved a plot for herself.

The 400-square-metre section of the cemetery, newly landscaped with a winding sand path, has space for 80 bodies or urns containing cremated ashes.

"We had surveyed several cemeteries, but we decided on this one because we knew it and we knew it was beautiful," Osterland said.

 

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Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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