Sydney’s Great Eccentrics
Not every famous person has a name.
And almost no one knew the name of Sandor Berger, one of Sydney’s best known eccentrics.
For many years notices appeared on telegraph poles across inner-Sydney: “Psychiatry is Evil, It Must Be Banned!!”
Everyone knew of him, nobody knew who he was, The Psychiatry is Evil man. You could hear people talking about him at parties, all of it speculation.
Sometimes, the story went, he was spotted as far afield as Parramatta Road, wearing placards and handing out leaflets.
Always with the same message: Psychiatry is Evil.
My guess: he was a survivor from the barbaric days of electric shock treatment.
But I did not know.
One of his notices titled Close Down the Belsens! read in part:
Mental patients are people! Eliminate the mercenary hypocrisy and the antagonistic approach.