When the First World War broke out, Josefine Schlichting was living in Paris, where she was employed by a wealthy family as a children’s nanny. It was shortly before her wedding to her fiancé Stergios, a Greek. However, the resolution of the French Government to intern all nationals of “enemy states” forced her to leave Paris. She was interned first of all in Alençon in Normandy and later in Auray and Ploërmel in Brittany. At the end of 1914 she finally managed to leave France and return to her home city of Vienna via Switzerland. All attempts to find her fiancé Stergios after the end of the war were to be in vain.