Some POWs Were Repatriated
|A postcard view of SS Gripsholm, one of two Swedish liners chartered for POW exchanges.|
|Prisoners being exchanged at Lorient, France, in November 1944 (Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library, L. Tom Perry Special Collections (Heslop, J. Malan)).|
|Bernadotte was assassinated on 17 September 1948 in Jerusalem.|
|The Gripsholm in diplomatic markings as the POWs would have seen it. Even with those markings, it would have been a dangerous voyage because many clearly marked hospital ships were sunk during the way "by mistake."|
The Swedes, incidentally, sent the British a bill of 349,252.10 kroner for these services (housing and feeding them, etc.) in 1947. The British paid £24,136 5s 9d.