This plate was made by hand from scrap metal as a thank you gift for Edith Robinson, a Red Cross nurse who was stationed in Kiel, Germany, after WW2 to provide medical care for displaced people and those in need.
Prior to being stationed there she and her Red Cross ambulance had followed the frontline as the Allies pushed the Nazis back, generally about 2 miles behind the fighting. She gave aid to the newly liberated people across Germany and was the first civilian to enter Belsen. I can't begin to imagine the horrors she ministered to as medic there.
This plate; designed, hammered and etched by, according to her sister, a grateful patient reminds me of the gratitude that people must have felt to her and how much she touched peoples' lives. The hours of work that must have gone into making this tells me that whoever made it had really been affected by what Edith did.
Edith Robinson was my husband's great aunt. It speaks volumes about her modesty that the first time he and his siblings had heard about her heroics was during the eulogy at her funeral. She was an amazing woman.