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Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during WW2

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Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during WW2 When evacuation was introduced in the Second World War, to reduce the deaths of children and valued members of society, there were numerous varying reactions towards it from many different people, from parents to hosts to evacuees. This was due to moving the children yet also the major culture clashes which happened when the maybe lower class children met the middle class countryside residents. Children from the inner parts of major cities were not well off and did not encounter many things which the country-siders were familiar with. This was a particular difference in the category of hygiene and health. The young evacuated children would have probably had awful hygienic habits which some of the elder couples in the countryside disliked greatly. ...read more.


The change affected young children even more so, probably because they didn't understand why they were leaving their parents and they were very confused. Yet all this changed over time, the hosts began to teach their evacuated children hygiene and manners while in return the children were more well-behaved and helped working on some of the farms. "We go to school and the family here are really kind", one girl wrote back to her parents about her life outside the city. There were many other situations which worked straight from the beginning, one host couple said, "It is as if we have a new son. We will hate to see him leave", which shows just how well some meetings went. Which confirms that not all encounters were negative ones. Yet not all Britain's supported the idea of evacuation, many Mp's and parents were against the idea. ...read more.


One teacher said, "I have had to come one hundred miles to teach three gloomy children who would rather be at home, as would I", which portrays her complete lack of interest in trying to teach the children. Yet their views probably changed as well when they saw all the destruction going on in the major cities. A teacher in 1943, after severe bombings, said, "They're so well behaved and it helps that the classes are only very small. It's a joy to teach them." This quote shows how after the children's manners and attitudes had changed it made the teachers feel better about teaching them. There were many different views to evacuation in WW2 yet they all seemed to follow the same pattern. This was that they were initially upset or annoyed yet as they realised the dangers that they were avoiding, people started to acknowledge that evacuation was a good idea after all. Richard Flanagan ...read more.

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