German Women's Participation Inquiry - July 23, 1917

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German Women's Participation Inquiry - July 23, 1917

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | July 23, 2017

An anonymous inquirer wrote to the Minneapolis Red Cross Headquarters through the Friends of the People column of the Minneapolis Tribune, to ask whether women born in Germany or who are of German parentage but born in the United States can serve as an American Red Cross nurse in Europe. The Red Cross later responded that women born in Germany and first generation Americans of German parentage are not eligible for service in Europe through the Red Cross, but their service is more than welcome domestically.


St. Peter, Minn.
July, 23, 1917.
The Friend of the People Dept.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Can women born in Germany or women born in this country of German Parentage now living in the U.S. qualify and serve as American Red Cross Nurses in Europe?

Citation: American Red Cross, Northern Division, records, 1915-1921. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. [P781]