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Germany Waldhaus Buch, TB Sanatorium September 2020

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At the time, the Waldhaus was called the ‘Heimstätte für männliche Brustkranke’ (Homestead for men with chest illnesses). Planning started in 1899 and construction began two years later.

The first of 150 patients with TB arrived in summer 1905. It wasn’t until 1927 that it became officially known as Waldhaus Buch, and it continued as a sanatorium for TB patients until the war, before becoming a military hospital for the Luftwaffe

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On March 28 and 30, 1940 saw the first physically and mentally ill patients from Buch were transported to the “euthanasia centers” of Bernburg und Brandenburg.

One of the Buch clinics had to close seven months later due to a lack of patients.

Patients from other clinics around the country were ferried through Buch to be murdered too.

Another wave of killings under the “Aktion Brandt” scheme from 1943 just cleared patients to make way for wounded soldiers.

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My local contact had warned me that it was rated 9/10 on the difficulty-o-meter for gaining access. He was a bit pissed off when I sent him a smiley face.

Ok so I did bruise my knee landing awkwardly climbing the bastard Harras fencing

Ok so I did rip a sweatshirt, in squeezing through the Galvanised sheeted window, that miraculously bent back in my hands.

But like fuck off, I‘ve travelled so far.
I'm gonna take a little time, a little time to look around me.

I just loved the coldness of the place (a welcome change from the very warm day outdoors) as I wandered these forlorn decayed corridors, popping in and out of some of the individual cells/rooms.

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Allegedly just under 700 of these murdered patients’ brains were delivered to the Buch-based Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Brain Research, where Julius Hallervorden carried out his work.

A true professional, Hallervorden witnessed children being exterminated at the Brandenburg killing center to become his unwitting donors.

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Stunning art work throughout

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Making my way up to the attic space along fantastic corridors, steeped in the misery of others

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Stopped to admire the views

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Not much to see in the attic really, but coming down a different route came across more stunning art work and a glorious atrium,

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Just time to look into a few more rooms.


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No I don’t understand why in deepest darkest former East Germany, our friends have perfect command of the English language!

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Google translate tells me this means ‘don’t lean down”

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A fantastic couple of hours here and probably one of the highlights of my recent road trip.
 

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That's a fantastic report twinned with some cracking pictures. I particularly like the first 2 or 3.
Are there any plans for it? Prime candidate for a museum.
 

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Hi, yes thanks for that. It was a memorable visit, better than expected tbh. There is a suggestion for redevelopment but it seems German planning laws and procedures are worse than ours!
I did quite a few sites here in September , mostly military and got the feeling the Germans have lost out here, the sites would be with a little work and effort suitable for off the beaten track tourist trips. As it is most are just left standing allowing nature to reclaim them.
Some of the sites I visited in comparison were being demolished which is a great shame, so much history, so much to see.
 

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Hi, yes thanks for that. It was a memorable visit, better than expected tbh. There is a suggestion for redevelopment but it seems German planning laws and procedures are worse than ours!
I did quite a few sites here in September , mostly military and got the feeling the Germans have lost out here, the sites would be with a little work and effort suitable for off the beaten track tourist trips. As it is most are just left standing allowing nature to reclaim them.
Some of the sites I visited in comparison were being demolished which is a great shame, so much history, so much to see.

Problem is with a history like that, forgetting about it and moving on seems preferable sometimes to remembering and learning.
Real shame.
 

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It is a shame.
what was really good was that sad I was in former east germany everything was soviet, fascinating
 

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Glad you could visit it inside, it's an impressive building. Just a shame to see that there are several ugly graffiti in the hall now.
 

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Ah! Tbh I would say 95% of the places I visited in September had some form of graffiti in them, some good, some bad. I guess it’s the “Berlin wall Graffiti mentality”?
 
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