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Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during the Second World War.

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Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during the Second World War. The reactions to the policy of evacuating children differed between three main groups of people. These groups were the children, the parents of the children and the foster parents. For some children it was a wonderful experience, but for others, unfortunately it was a living nightmare. Some of the positive reactions for the children were that most evacuees got on well with their foster parents; they loved the countryside, and made friends for life. More of the positive reactions of the children were that it was a wonderful experience foe them and that they were away from the smelly, dirty city. They were now in the clean countryside. "It was entirely different to see green hills, cows, sheep instead of the grimy bricks" Before the war the evacuees would have lived in dirty back-to-back houses, which would have probably been smelly. Now they were living in a clean, fresh environment. They were now in a nice surrounding with 'green hills' animals and the fact that they were away from the same old 'grimy bricks' of the cities. ...read more.

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It would have been better if the evacuee had a choice to which they wanted to go with. Some of the children were forced to do work long, exhausting hours, which they could barely do. In some of the extreme cases some children were even beaten. 'We worked for hours on end, the work was back breaking'-evacuee from London. 'Evacuees were sometimes beaten, beaten to within an inch of their life'-R.Moyles However, what ever the children went through they had no choice but to be evacuated because if they stayed at home they lived the risk of being bombed. If the children had a nice time their reactions would be positive but if they hated then obviously their reaction to the policy of evacuation would be very negative. Most parents had negative reactions to evacuating because most of them were very worried about sending their, very often young children, out into the unknown countryside. They also did not like the idea of their children been away from them, some even didn't let their children go, even though 1.5 million children were evacuated. ...read more.

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It wasn't the children's fault they were this way, it was because they lived in small houses in the city and not many people had baths. Not everything was bad though, the foster parents would be enthusiastic for evacuation if they lived alone and were looking for companionship, or if they couldn't have children they now were going to have one and that must be a wonderful feeling. If the children and the foster parents got on it would have been a great experience for them. They had a new friend who they could do things with and to share things with. 'It was great when I fostered a little boy. It was like the son I never had. I loved him to bits. I loved to play with him and be in his company'-John McFadden. The reactions to the policy of evacuation differed between the effected people. For some they had positive reactions because it was like a home from home and they made friends for life. People had negative reactions because they might have had a miserable time or they might not of got on well with their foster parent/child. The reactions about evacuation differed to whom it was affecting and what their experience was like. ...read more.

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