5th April 2014
Our first stop on the way to our 1st nights hotel during last month’s trip and the drive from the airport was this historic, protected old villa. It was on the route and was a welcome stop on the way as by now, I had been awake for more than 24 hours, been travelling for many hours by bus, plane and car without taking one photo.
We drove up and checked it out before parking up and making a swift entrance through the woods. Later we had to hide from the farmer who used the grounds to store farm equipment but nothing untoward happened. At the end of the day, we are only there to take photos but I guess people not knowing what we are doing could jump to other conclusions.
The three-winged castle-like villa was built in the years 1919 to 1922 by architect August Greifzu in neo-Baroque style. Besides the castle there are also a big barn and stables with a slaughterhouse. In 1926 the owner went bankrupt and the estate was sold to a children hospitals. The children’s home had 80 beds. In September 1928, the administrative and housing building burned down in a fire and was rebuilt a year later. the orphanage was closed in 1933.
In June 1934, the Nationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt (NSV) bought the Villa. The NSV meaning ‘National Socialist People’s Welfare’ was a social welfare organization during the Third Reich. It was used as a ‘Müttergenesungsheim’, a rest home for around 120 children of railway employees. In 1957 the Müttergenesungsheim was closed and turned into a nursing home and brew house. The nursing housed between 50 and 85 people. There was not much money available, many times there was not enough money for daily food. Every year 6 to 8 people died. The nursing home was closed in 1971 because of the poor management and care.
Since the beginning of the 1990s, the buildings are listed and protected. Since then, various renovation and construction safety measures were made.
On with some photos.
Thanks for looking in. More of this set are located on my Flickr photostream.