This postcard is one of a set that depicts the courage of Sister Julie, a French nun and nurse, in preventing the execution of a wounded French soldier under her care by a German soldier. On August 24, 1914, German troops withdrew from the city of Gerbéviller, commiting atrocities as they went, including executions and the burning of any intact buildings. In this postcard, a French soldier lies in bed, his head wrapped in bandages with a spot of blood. A German soldier bends over him at the foot of the bed, pointing a gun at him. Sister Julie, wearing a black habit with white collar, puts out a protecting hand between the French and German soldiers. Although Sister Julie did exist and did show great heroism in the face of the German atrocities, it is not known whether the event depicted in this postcard actually occurred or was invented for propaganda purposes.
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