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Beelitz Heilstätten Military Hospital
Heilstätten Military Hospital is located in Brandenburg in Germany.
It is an abandoned military hospital that
over course of its history served German and later Soviet army.
Its most famous patient was none other, but Adolf Hitler, who
was sent here after receiving wounds during a battle in a World
War I. Locals and visitors alike claim of strange sightings of
paranormal activity that is said to occur on the grounds of
Beelitz Military Hospital.
Beelitz Military Hospital
was constructed in 1898 under supervision of an architect Heino Schmieden.
It was part of a massive construction project
intended to treat ordinary Berlin workers. Beelitz was certainly the
largest in the region. Medical complex covered an
area of over 200 ha and included about 60 buildings.
This included living quarters for patients, building for serious
surgical operations, psychiatric hospital and even a shooting range.
North buildings of Beelitz complex was designated for patients with
Tuberculosis, a deadly communicable disease that cut millions across
the World. In the World before the antibiotics it was virtually a
death sentence. South buildings of Beelitz were intended for
patients with non- communicable diseases. Additionally the complex
was divided between East buildings that were reserved for women and
West buildings reserved for men. Staff that worked in these
locations were also largely of the same sex as the patients. Beelitz Medical Complex is surrounded by a beautiful pine forest that was
planted intentionally as some coniferous plants can produce natural
antibiotics and hence serve as protective to patients.
The first phase of the construction lasted from 1898
to 1902 under the supervision of architect Heino Schmieden and
Julius Boethka (1864- 1907). Second phase lasted from 1908 till
1910. The number of beds were increased from 600 bed to over 1200.
While initially Beelitz Military Hospital was designed as a
sanatorium for the Berlin's workers. However at the outbreak of
World War I Germany was overrun by large number of wounded
soldiers. Beelitz Hospital was transformed into military
hospital for the Imperial German Army. In total there have been
17,500 patients treated during a period of 1914- 18. The most patients
of the Sanatorium was Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler
who lived here from October to December of 1916 after being wounded during the Battle of the Somme.
After the war ended Beelitz Military Hospital once
again became a civilian hospital. Third stage of Beelitz Hospital
construction lasted between 1926 and 1930. With the outbreak of a new World
War in Europe it once again became flooded with wounded soldiers. In
1942 a Women's Sanatorium was added at the south part of the
complex. New buildings were designed by an architect Egon Eiermann.
It was in use until 1998 as a clinic for tuberculosis and other
diseases. Today some of the buildings are still in use as a nursing
home as well as Academy of Nursing.
After an empire
of Adolf Hitler was finally defeated the hospital was turned into a Soviet military
hospital during Soviet occupation. Many of the markings today
are actually in Cyrillic, alphabet used by Russians. Beelitz Military Hospital was abandoned in 1995 after
the break up of the Soviet Union.
Description of Beelitz Heilstätten Military Hospital
It is amazing to see trees that
grow on roofs of some of the building just 20 years after the
grounds were abandoned. Their growing roots do a significant damage
to the overall structure. So it is very dangerous to venture in some
of these buildings. Many structures are barely holding on so use
your common sense and don't try to pull or push any of the
structures. Many seemingly solid objects may easily come down
crumbling. Grounds of
a former medical complex were used for shooting of several movies
including "The Pianist", "Valkyrie" as well clips of Rammstein
Additionally it is quiet plausible
that some of the chemicals stored in the Beelitz Military Hospital
might not be handled properly at the time it was abandoned. Many of
the Russian words on the hospital walls actually warn about
dangerous chemicals present in the area. Given the fact that a
stench was present in some areas of the abandoned medical complex it
is quiet possible these chemicals were spilled, poured out or simply
abandoned. Several veils of strange chemicals were found, but no one
in the right mind would try opening them up or even touching them.
Parts of Beelitz complex were
recently renovated and reconstructed to serve a rehabilitation
clinic for the patients with Parkinson's, however most of the Beelitz Military Hospital
still lies abandoned.
Locals usually avoid the grounds of Beelitz Hospital. There are
still legends circulate that state that this building was inhabited
by a Beelitz Manic who killed several women in the area.