Volker G. Heinz
About the Author:
Volker G. Heinz was born in 1943 in Kassel, Germany. He is a German and English lawyer. From 1965 to 1966 he helped more than 60 East German citizens cross the Berlin Wall to freedom. Arrested in September 1966, he was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment but released early as a result of a prisoner swap. In 2001 Heinz initiated the German-British foundation Temple Gift dedicated to the reconciliation of former foes Britain and Germany. In 2012 he was awarded the Federal Order of Merit in recognition of his courage. He lives and works in Berlin.