Chances are that you've never heard the names of any of the ten nurses on this list. But they all have stories of devotion and sacrifice, and they all deserve to be remembered. For example, Elsa Brandstrom was nicknamed "The Angel of Siberia." The daughter of the Swedish ambassador to Russia, she volunteered her services at the outbreak of World War I.
In 1915, Brandstrom was in Siberia treating German prisoners of war with the Swedish Red Cross. Matters got more complicated when her Russian work permit was revoked, but that didn’t stop her. Brandstrom continued traveling to Siberia illegally for two whole years, until the Russian authorities arrested her in Omsk in 1920.
Upon her release, she went back to Sweden and launched a campaign to help POWs. Her efforts included fundraising and founding a children’s home with room for more than 200 orphans. Eventually, she married and moved to the United States. But even there she dedicated herself to helping German and Austrian refugees.