There’s No Place Like Home – in the Cemetery

The following excerpt is from an interesting article about a Serbian man who has settled in an abandoned tomb.

There’s no place like home, and for Bratislav Stojanovic, his home is in a tomb.

The homeless Serbian man has been living in an old, seemingly abandoned, cemetery in the southern city of Nis for about 15 years.

“I was afraid in the beginning, but I got used to it in time,” Stojanovic told Reuters. “Now I am more afraid of the living than of the dead.”

Stojanovic settled in the garbage-filled tomb after his home burned down in a fire that also killed his father over two decades ago. The now 40-year-old, who previously worked in construction, found himself without a job or many friends during Serbia’s turbulent departure from communism.

Read the full article – complete with a number of excellent pictures.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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