There it is - the straight jacket, neatly folded and safely kept behind glass. The exhibition also includes a chair scales, a heavy device made of wood and metal. A small collection of aluminium coins are puzzling because of the three letters “LAG”. The letters stand for "Landesanstalt Görden” (Görden State Facility). Up into the 1950s, Landesklinik Brandenburg an der Havel state hospital, a facility that depended extensively on its surroundings - idyllically located in the forest and far from Brandenburg’s residential areas - even had its own currency.
The state hospital has shed its generally closed nature like an evil curse. There is a closed psychiatric facility, but the hospital is opening up more and more in the town and presents itself as a hospital for neurology and psychiatry.
Visitors can broadly trace this development at the exhibition of equipment at Asklepios Fachklinikum Brandenburg an der Havel - formerly Landesklinik Brandenburg an der Havel - which opened in September 2002. The exhibition is in a building that was in the headlines for years. Until the move to the new building as the beginning of 2002, involuntary treatment was carried out at Building 23.
It was primarily sex offenders who made the building constructed during the Imperial Era so notorious over the past years.
Three authentically set-up rooms from this recent past are part of the permanent exhibition, including a high-security cell with an integrated toilet and shower.
The exhibition “Die Landesanstalt Görden 1933 bis 1945. Psychaitrie im Nationalsozialismus" (Görden State Facility 1933 to 1945. Psychiatry during the National Socialist Era) was opened as a permanent exhibition on May 25, 2004. This exhibition commemorates the victims of National Socialist psychiatry and documents the crimes committed against the patients of the former Landesanstalt Görden.
Tues and Wed, and on the first and third weekends of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.