Lieutenant Elizabeth A. Feldhusen (1918-2014) was born in Brooklyn, New York and served in World War II as a nurse at field evacuation hospitals in France, Germany, and Austria. She was part of the 131st Evacuation Hospital activated out of Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After German forces signed full surrender, the 131st was ultimately assigned in Austria near a concentration camp in order to take care of recently liberated Polish and Russian prisoners. This collection includes letters from Lieutenant Feldhusen to her family, two photographs of United States Army personnel in uniform, V-Mail letters, pamphlets, and letters from German friends to Elizabeth Feldhusen's mother Anna Feldhusen (in German).
Two of the German language letters were written by Rosa Vagt, Rome. Italy to Anna (Mrs. F. P.) Feldhusen in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1931. Rosa Vagt was in service with an American family residing in Italy at that time and her letters concern family affairs, living conditions of her and her employers, and her European travels.
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