Safia, an organization for older lesbians, is creating a final resting place for the women of their community.
The burial ground is part of the 200-year-old Georgen Parochial cemetery in Prenzlauer Berg, a district in the east of the once-divided city near Alexanderplatz square.
“The idea emerged four years ago in the lesbian group Safia, whose members, advancing in age, asked themselves where they want to be buried,” said Osterland, 69.
“We wanted to stay together, to be close to those with whom we lived, we loved, we worked, we fought,” she told AFP, adding that she has already reserved a burial plot for herself.
The 400-square-metre (4,300-square-feet) 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 about he project, financed by the women’s housing association Sappho.