Chris Hannah

‘My daring grandfather took a bit of East Berlin for himself’

Photo (Top): KALIN

One of the most extraordinary stories I’ve ever read. It’s about a man that decided his land wasn’t for taking, how he interacted with the government, and how the community respected him.

Elaine Chong, writing for BBC News:

In 1982, a Turkish immigrant started a garden near the Berlin wall on a patch of East German land. Osman Kalin fiercely defended his small domain from any authorities who tried to take it away. Though he died this year, his family are still looking after the plot and the tree house he built there.

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