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Field Medical Card



16-year-old Ilona Reichmann of Czechoslovakia received this Field Medical Card just after Liberation in 1945.

At the end of World War II, Ilona was imprisoned in Bergen-Belsen in northwest Germany.
Shortly after her arrival, the British liberated the camp. Ilona was hospitalized because she had become infested with lice, causing typhus. She was given a Field Medical Card and informed that she would probably die.

In the hospital, she heard that Sweden had offered to take patients like her for recuperation. She was torn between seeking care in Sweden and returning home, where she hoped to find her parents. Others from her town encouraged her to go to Sweden, assuring Ilona that they would deliver news on her behalf if they came across her family.

During her recovery in Inresan, Sweden, she learned that two of her sisters had survived and were in Paris. She was able to reunite with them.

Donated by Ilona Blair (nee Reichmann)

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