Being diagnosed as mentally challenged was rather easy before 1960 in Denmark. All it took was a bad combination of being poor and an ill-tempered doctor.
For young male teenagers Livoe became was Sprogoe was for young women. A devils island they couldn’t leave. Even when they were granted freedom they could be sent back if they started a relationship with a woman because they were considered to be poor material when it came to etablish families and get children.
It is fortunate that the facility was closed down in 1959 because it could not have been fun living there as a teenager.
- Something rotten in the state of Denmark : eugenics and the ascent of the welfare state (Bent Sigurd Hansen)
- Wikipedia entry about the Island