Elsa Brändström


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Elsa Brändström born St. Petersburg, Russia March 26, 1888 (d. 1948). “Angel of Siberia.” Swedish nurse. Aided and repatriated German and Austrian solders, and cared for their orphans. Five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 1922-29.


It is up to us women to heel (sic) what the war has broken, to mother the suffering and to help them to get back to their belief in humanity. We must give the victims of the war back their desire to live and to become again useful human beings.” (1923 speech to US women, in Matthiew Stibbe, “Elsa Brȁndström”, Ingrid Sharp, Aftermaths of War, p. 333; photo Wikipedia)