Katharina Detzel (5/21)

In 1907, Katharina Detzel was sent to a German mental institution after sabotaging a local railway as part of a political protest. Although historians are uncertain about what exactly her mental state was at the time, she remained institutionalized until her death at the hands of a Nazi euthanasia program in 1941.

During her time at the mental institution, Detzel tried to improve conditions for her and her fellow inmates. In the above picture, Detzel is shown posing with a “husband” that she made for herself out of straw. It’s said that Detzel would beat the figure when she was mad and dance with it when she was happy.

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