Beelitz-Heilstätten: The Sanatorium Where A Devil Recuperated

There is this sanatorium in Germany which was transformed into a military hospital during World War I. It is known as Beelitz-Heilstätten. It’s importance, or should we say, notoriety aggravates with the fact that Adolf Hitler was once treated here for a thigh injury from a grenade blast during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Not only Hitler, in 1990 GDR leader Erich Honecker was treated here for liver cancer. When East Germany fell, Honecker fled to Russia making this very sanatorium his starting point.

Beelitz-Heilstätten was built in the late 19th century to help rehabilitate tuberculosis patients in Berlin. Today the sanatorium stands desolate, devoid of the great grandeur it once enjoyed in Germany. But, had it not been for Hollywood, this historical building might have been lost to the world by now. Roman Polanski used the sanatorium as a set for his Oscar winner ‘The Pianist’ and the 2008 Tom Cruise film ‘Valkyrie’ also had Beelitz-Heilstätten as a setting.

1. Ghost Corridor

“Benevolent Light”

2. The Cracked

“Broken Places”

3. Stairway To Nowhere

“Darkness Restores”

4. Now Switched Off

“Darkness Waits”

5. Hope In Desolateness

“Die Bestie von Beelitz”

6. Autumn Comes Calling


7. Bathing No One

“Escape The Madness”


“Facing Fear”

9. Diminished And Destroyed

“No Other Way”

10. The Dead Hospital

“Phantom Sanatorium”

11. Winding


12. Surreal

“Right Light”

13. Openings

“Shelter Me”

14. What Lies Outside

“Sufficient Light”

15. Let The Light In

“Thou Presence My Light”

16. Shadow of Light

“What Lies Within”

Credit: RonAzevedo. All images were photographed on October 19, 2013.

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