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“Leprosy is not a health issue in Norway today, but the Norwegian society is still ‘affected by’ leprosy through its historical experience.”
-- Sigurd Sandmo, Director, The Leprosy Museum Bergen

Long time Residents of Kalaupapa, Ben Pea and David Kupele Stading near the site of the Baldwin Home, where they lived until it was closed in 1932 Bungarun (former Derby Leprosarium) Cemetary Memorial Mamoru Kunimoto at Homecoming Hill, Tama Zenshoen National Hansen’s Disease Sanatorium, Japan Church in Sighisoara, Romania, with a pulpit built on the exterior where the people with leprosy were not allowed in the church The interior of St. Jørgen’s Hospital, Bergen, Norway House of Ivan Skelton, Qual Island, New Zealand S.K. Jung (right) and M.W. Park in front of the monument to commemorate the lives of the 84 people who were killed on Sorok Island Leprosy Garveyard, Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick, Canada Chang Wen Bin resident of Lo Sheng, Taiwan, under the beams in the old hospital where people would hang themselves

St. Jørgen’s Hospital.  Photos Courtesy The Leprosy Museum
St. Jørgen’s Hospital is one of Scandinavia’s oldest hospital institutions.  It was established in the early 1400’s.  In the 1870’s, more than 170 people with leprosy were being treated at St. Jørgen’s.  The last person with leprosy was admitted on October 31, 1896 and over the next 50 years, the resident population slowly died out.  The hospital had 43 patients in 1900, of which 14 were still alive in 1920, and by 1930 the figure had dropped to five people.  The last two residents died in 1946.  One was from Fjell, outside Bergen, and had been admitted in 1891.  The other was from Eivindvik in Sogn, and had been at the hospital since 1895.  After over 50 years at St. Jørgen’s, they both died within a few months of each other, at 82 and 78 years old.Today, St. Jørgen’s Hospital houses The Leprosy Museum, which was established in 1970, and stands as a monument to the 8,000 persons known to have had leprosy in Norway.The Museum also pays tribute to Dr. Gerhard Armauer Hansen who, through his discovery of the leprosy bacillus in 1873, lay the foundation for the discovery of a cure for leprosy, which would ultimately result in the end of inpatient treatment.The Leprosy Archives in Bergen are a unique source of Norwegian leprosy history, and document the social, institutional and medical history.  The archives are now part of the UNESCO Memory of the World program.[Information adapted from:  The Leprosy Museum, St. Jørgen’s Hospital, Published by The Leprosy Museum in 2003, see http://www.bymuseet.no/?vis=80

Leprosy Museum, St. Jørgen’s Hospital, Bergen, Norway

Historic Monument Related to Leprosy, Sighisoara, Romania

Leprosy Museum and Graveyard, Tracadie-Sheila, New  Brunswick, Canada

Robben Island, South Africa

Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii

National Hansen’s Disease Center Museum, Carville, Louisiana, USA

Tama Zensho-en and other H.D. Sanatoria, Japan

Quail Island, New Zealand 

Culion, Philippines

Tichilesti Hospital, Romania

Sungai Buloh, Malaysia

Bungarun Cemetery Memorial, Australia

Sorok Island, South Korea

Lo Sheng Sanatorium, Taiwan

Leprosy Museum, St. Jørgen’s Hospital, Bergen, Norway
Portion of a panel in The Leprosy Museum at St. Jørgen’s, that displays the names of 8,000 persons known to have had leprosy in NorwayPhoto Courtesy The LeprosyMuseum, Bergen
The interior of St. Jørgen’s Hospital. Photo courtesy The Leprosy Museum, Bergen