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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? During the beginning of the Second World War the government thought it would be a good idea to move children away from the towns and cities. So they decided to put evacuation into effect. Evacuation is moving people from hazardous areas, such as big cities and industrial areas, to safer places like the countryside. Mainly children were evacuated, over eight hundred and twenty seven thousand children. The first time evacuation was announced was on the thirty first of August 1939, and started on the first of September. The amount of mothers and small children or babies evacuated was five hundred and twenty seven thousand. The government decided to evacuate the children for their own protection, also men thought the battle field was no place for them. The policy of evacuating children provoked a large number of different reactions from different people during World War Two. ...read more.

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But, greed was just as big a part played in the governments' reaction. Another group that was affected by evacuation in the Second World War was the affore mentioned parents. Worry was their main concern. Some good points of their children being evacuated were: safe, kept away from the bombings and gas attacks. The parents could stop worrying about their kids and concentrate on their own lives. They could concentrate on working well at their own jobs. Some bad points of evacuation were: moving away, the parents would miss their children dearly. Also, maybe the parents would be worried their children would not want to come back. They could like it their so much they want to stay. Also, maybe fear of abuse by their hosts. They were also worried if they themselves were killed during the war, their children would be put into care or foster homes or orphanages. The government tried to put their minds at ease by using propaganda in posters and advertisements. ...read more.

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The kids were traumatised because of this and wanted to move back to their homes. Some foster parents were very happy to have them (patriotic duty). Others were very reluctant to take them in case of any diseases the children might carry. Others treated the kids as if they were slaves. Using them for household work and odd jobs and duties. In my conclusion I would like to state that evacuating children during World War Two was a mixed range of different reactions. The government thought it would be a good idea; others thought it would create havoc. I think the British people overall liked the policy of evacuation. Their kids were safe no matter what. Their were some parents who didn't like this, thought their kids wouldn't want to come back. But most of the population thought it was good. I think that the overall process of evacuation was a huge success during World War Two. The children were safe, some were abused and had a bad experience but the hosts who looked after them properly gave their kids a good new home. ...read more.

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