Psychiatric Hospital

Historic Building in Toszek

In May 1940 popular British novelist PG Wodehouse, creator of the masterful valet Jeeves and his hapless employer Bertie Wooster, was captured by the German army at his home in France. In September he was moved to a civilian internment camp within the grounds of this psychiatric hospital in German Tost, now Toszek. Though you can’t enter, you can get a good view of its grim red-brick exterior from the road.

The building's sinister history didn't end with the Germans – after the war it operated as a political prison of the Soviet Union’s feared NKVD secret police. Within the complex are grounds that were used as an exercise yard for the prisoners, beyond which was their dining hall and hospital.