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Göttingen Studentenkarzer

University students were an elite class in the 18th century, typically the sons of important and influential people. In some ways, this privileged group was almost above the law, often getting away with minor or even major crimes due to their statues. The attendees at Göttingen University were no exception, but the school didn’t want to put up with any shenanigans either. So a compromise was made: a jail exclusively for students. 

Tucked in the back of the main university building at the Wilhelmsplatz, the Göttingen studentenkarzer (student jail) once served exactly that purpose. It’s fashioned with thick oak wood doors, metal bars, and small cells outfitted with wooden benches and toilets.


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