Archive of photographs, a drawing, and printed materials compiled by Louise Pettibone Smith at Nuseirat, Palestine refugee camp in 1944-45.

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Miscellaneous ephemera, both loose and mounted on backing sheets; generally good condition. Unusual collection of materials gathered by Louise Pettibone Smith, an American civilian who worked as a nurse at Nuseirat, a Greek refugee camp in the Gaza region of Palestine during the closing years of World War II. The materials include Smith's personal identification card, issued by the United States Armed Forces in Cairo (with her photograph and fingerprints), a stamped and signed printed pass issued in 1945 by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Nuseirat Camp, a British military school exercise book containing English and Greek names for various medicines and a list of patients with their diagnosis and other information (much in Greek); seven 3 x 5 inch black-and-white photographs, mostly of groups of children or adults, and eight smaller format black-and-white photographs of hospital wards and nurses at Nuseirat camp. Only a few of the photographs are identified, and some in Greek. There is also a drawing, approximately 13 x 8 inches, in graphite and red and blue color pencil by a ten year old patient in the camp. The drawing graphically illustrates a Greek militia man in traditional garb fighting alone against a group of five Nazis, three of whom he has either wounded or killed with a pistol and sword. The drawing appears to be signed. According to one source, the Greeks who were placed in this camp (there were five such in the region administered by the UNRRA) were mainly from the Dodecanese Islands (including Rhodes). After Italy surrendered in 1943, this region came under German control; there were many displaced persons in the wake of the German occupation, including both Jews and non-Jews. More than 80 percent of the Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jews who lived on these scattered islands were deported to the death camps. One estimate is that as many as 1200 Jews escaped to Turkey. A number of these refugees may have settled in the UNRRA camp at Nuseirat. Bookseller Inventory # 4502

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