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Elisabeth Rotten and the ‘Auskunfts- und Hilfsstelle für Deutsche im Ausland und Ausländer in Deutschland’, 1914–1919

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On 27 April 1918 the London Daily Herald, a newspaper with close ties to the Labour Party, published the following article in defence of the Quaker-led ‘Friends Emergency Committee for the Assistance of Germans, Austrians and Hungarians in Distress’ (FEC):

In our own country the efforts of the ‘Friends Emergency Committee’ on behalf of enemy aliens in Great Britain has received much abuse in the columns of a section of the press. ‘Are there any Germans’ it is asked ‘who would do the same for our folks over there?’ The answer is that there is an exactly similar organisation which has been working in Berlin since the earliest days of the war. The two committees are each mainly concerned with the very hard cases of the wives and families of ‘alien enemies’, but each has a section that also gives advice and help to the interned civilians; and to a smaller extent to the military prisoners also. When one committee works out some new plan of assistance, it usually finds that the other is already active on the same lines. In December 1915 the Berlin Committee published a general appeal for assistance in its work, quoting the amount of support already received by the British Committee. This appeal was signed by nineteen societies and ninety-eight prominent men and women. Later, when more support was needed, Prince Lichnowsky Matthew Stibbe 195 held a meeting at his house ... and a collection of 800 marks was taken. (Daily Herald 27 April 1918)

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I would like to thank Claudia Siebrecht for her helpful comments and suggestions on an earlier draft of this chapter.

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Stibbe, M. (2007). Elisabeth Rotten and the ‘Auskunfts- und Hilfsstelle für Deutsche im Ausland und Ausländer in Deutschland’, 1914–1919. In: Fell, A.S., Sharp, I. (eds) The Women’s Movement in Wartime. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230210790_12

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