More than 100 years ago there were no antibiotics to treat tuberculosis. This is why the hospital city of Beelitz Heilstätten was founded in 1898, in the middle of nowhere with 60 buildings in Brandenburg. The deep forest setting is probably the best environment to offer conservative air, water and light therapies.
During the first and second world war, the hospital was used as a sanatorium for soldiers. The most famous patient here was the second-grade soldier Adolf Hitler who stayed for two months in 1916 to cure his injury. This happened five years before he became the official leader of the newly founded NSDAP party.
From 1945 to 1994 the Russian Red Army took over. The area was the largest military hospital outside their country.
In 1990 Erich Honecker, the General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party and leader of the German Democratic Republic came by to treat his liver cancer shortly before going into exile in Moscow.
The buildings were abandoned and few people were killed.
In 1991, a double murder took place 800 meters from the sanatoriums. The 34-year-old wife of a Russian doctor and her three-month-old baby were murdered by the serial killer Wolfgang Schmidt, who became known as Rosa Riese.
In 2008, a photographer who used the sanctuaries as a background backdrop killed a photo model he had met on the internet. In 2011, a homeless man who had previously lived on the grounds of the Beelitz sanatorium for several years, hanged himself in one of the buildings.
Now this is the perfect spot to produce a horror movie. Watch the trailer:
Now I landed here.
For my rehabilitation, the last step before moving out of the hospital and back to society, I will most likely remain here for a year.
They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, “no, no, no”
Yes, I been black
But when I come back, you’ll know, know, know
I ain’t got the time
Let’s see what’s in for me.