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When the children came home : stories from wartime evacuees

By: Summers, Julie

1847398766 / 9781847398765
Paperback
941.0840922
01/03/2012
Stock expected by 09/04/2020
England
20 cm xix, 345 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports.
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Reprint. Originally published: 2011.

On 1 September 1939 Operation Pied Piper bgan to place the children of Britain's industrial cities beyond the reach of the Luftwaffe. 1.5 million children, pregnant women and schoolteachers were evacuated in 3 days.

A further 2 million children were evacuated privately; the largest mass evacuation of children in British history.

Some children went abroad, others were sent to institutions, but the majority were billeted with foster families.

Some were away for weeks or months, others for years.

Homecoming was not always easy and a few described it as more difficult than going away in the first place.

In When the Children Came Home Julie Summers tells us what happened when these children returned to their families.

She looks at the different waves of British evacuation during WWII and explores how they coped both in the immediate aftermath of the war, and in later life.

For some it was a wonderful experience that enriched their whole lives, for others it cast a long shadow, for a few it changed things for ever. Using interviews, written accounts and memoirs, When the Children Came Homeweaves together a collection of personal stories to create a warm and compelling portrait of wartime Britain from the children's perspective.

BIC:

1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain, 3JJH c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2), HBJD1 British & Irish history, HBTB Social & cultural history, HBWQ Second World War, JFSP1 Age groups: children

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