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Brändström, Elsa
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Brändström, Elsa

(March 26, 1888, Saint Petersburg – March 4, 1948, Cambridge MA), Swedish philanthropist and nurse. The daughter of the Swedish ambassador in Saint Petersburg, Brändström continued to be known throughout Europe long after her death; in Germany she enjoyed nearly saintly status as the “Angel of Siberia.” This veneration was bestowed on her for the courage and commitment she had shown in caring for German and Austrian prisoners of war in Russia, and above all for her personal humanitarian work in Russian camps between 1915 and 1920.

Living in Saint Petersburg at the o…

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Hinz, Uta, “Brändström, Elsa”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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