Thursday, April 30, 2009

Väterchen Timofej, Munich's Hermit

Born on the same day as me but almost a hundred years earlier, Timofei Wassilijeitsch Prochorow, called Väterchen Timofei, emigrated to Munich in the 1950s in order to build his home in what was later to become the territory of the Olympic Games of 1972. After the "Olympic Hermit" did not agree on moving his garden, house and church and with the public behind him, he forced the organizers to change their plans.

I remember having visited him at least once in the 1990s and I completely forgot about this "Methusalem of Munich". I am sad to read that he died in 2004 (allegedly) at the age of 110.

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