My history hero: Caroline Lucas chooses Petra Kelly (1947–92)

Caroline Lucas, Green party MP for Brighton Pavilion, chooses Petra Kelly as her history hero.

Petra Kelly. “Through sheer force of will, Petra Kelly put green politics on the map. Her success in Germany in the 1980s inspired green parties across the world to shake things up,” says Caroline Lucas. (Photo by Schulze-Vorberg/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the February 2019 edition of BBC History Magazine

Petra Kelly was a German Green politician and activist who co-founded the German Green party. Educated in Germany and the US after her family relocated there, she returned to Europe in 1970. She was elected to the Bundestag in 1983, and became one of the German Green party’s leading lights. In 1992, she was shot dead by her partner, ex-general and Green politician Gert Bastian, who then killed himself. She was aged just 44.

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