Battling typhus: The ICRC in Poland, 1921

20 August 2015

This fascinating 15-minute silent film shows different aspects of the ICRC's work in Poland with Save the Children, focusing on their efforts to eradicate typhus.

The film includes footage of scientific research into typhus and Red Cross volunteers disinfecting clothes and giving food to refugees. There are also shots of an ICRC orphanage in Warsaw, where the children are shown being fed, nursed and schooled. They are also having fun – dancing and even playing croquet.

At the time, Victor Gloor was head of the ICRC delegation in Warsaw and Alexis Tarasoff was a doctor.