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Vaccination Certificate - Issued to Erhard Stermole, by International Refugee Organization, Aug 1949 Document Reg. No: HT 1381

Vaccination certificate issued by the International Refugee Organization (IRO) to Erhard Stermole in August 1949 in Austria. This certificate was issued to Erhard as he was preparing to migrate to Australia in 1949 with his father and brother.

Following the occupation of the province of Gotschee in what was then Yugoslavia (now Slovenia) by Italian forces in 1941, Erhard and his parents and siblings were relocated to Germany. Gotschee had been colonised by German speakers in the 1300s and had a mixed Germanic and Slovene population at the time of its invasion. In late 1941 and early 1942 many of the Gottscheer ethnic Germans (almost 12,000 people) were relocated to Brezice (Rann), Slovenia (at that time controlled by Germany). Erhard and his family were put on a train and finally allowed to disembark in Germany to live on a railway siding until getting to Austria to live in poor circumstances.

They later returned to Germany when Erhard's father Max joined the German army, and then moved to Austria to live with Erhard's grandparents on a property near the Croatian border. In 1944 the family split, with Max taking the two elder children, including Erhard, and his wife, Maria, taking the two younger children. In 1949 Max decided to migrate with his sons to Australia, they travelled on the 'Dundalk Bay' and were transferred to Bonegilla migrant camp on arrival.
Booklet with typed black text and details filled out in ink.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Ernie Stermole, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.5 cm (Width), 14.9 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: german communities, german immigration, world war ii 1939-1945, immigration, immigrant voyages, national identity, displaced persons, immigration selection, vaccination, migrant camps, slovenian communities, slovenian immigration
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) & International Refugee Organisation (IRO), Max Stermole, Tunneler, Snowy Mountains (1910-?)
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Planning & Departure
Tertiary Classification: medical records
Inscriptions: Typewritten " STERMOLE Erhard" and other handwritten , stamped and typed inscriptions.
Issued By: International Refugee Organization, Austria, Aug 1949
Issued To: Mr Ernie Stermole, Austria, Aug 1949

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