This is the second of two posts about Ludwigsburg Prison Museum. The first post dealt with capital punishment exhibits. This one deals with the museum’s corporal punishment exhibits.
New prisoners were given a ‘Welcome’ of 12 to 40 strokes of the hazel rod or birch. For example, den einfachen wilkomm of 15 strokes. If a welcome was given in public female culprits would wear ‘whipping drawers’ and be beaten with a hazel rod [see picture]. If the welcome was given in private it would be administered on the bare skin with a birch.
See ‘Nell in Bridewell’ by W Reinhard for a description of life in a 19th Century House of Correction in Germany. The welcome was in addition to any corporal punishment ordered by a court or by the prison governor. Some institutions also gave “Farewells”.
The fiddle, was a restraint and punishment device used in medieval times, that saw the arms and head of the victim held in a rigid and unnatural position that over time caused terrible cramps and painful muscle strain.”
Prisoners locked into the fiddle were also unable to sleep in a normal comfortable posture nor could they relieve themselves or tend to personal hygiene demands.
The two objects in the right hand side of the display case are branding irons.