Villa Viktoriastift

Built: 1919

Visited: 2011

Finkenbach, Germany

This three-winged castle-like Villa Viktoriastift 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.

Müttergenesungsheim

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. Viktoriastift 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.

Photos Villa Viktoriastift

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