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Question 2: Reactions to the policy of evacuation

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Question 2: Reactions to the policy of evacuation In this section, I am going to explain the different reactions to evacuation and those of specific groups, and include experiences of evacuation. The typical reaction for evacuation in Britain was one of happiness, knowing that your child was being sent to the countryside and would therefore not be killed was a great relief. And without the worry of having to protect you child/children, you could work towards the war effort, either on the front line (fathers) or at home (mainly mothers). The civilian killings around the world during WWI and WWII were horrific and what with the upgrade of weapons this time around, the prospect of how many civilian lives could be taken shocked people; they didn't want their children or families in the middle of this, they wanted them to be safe and away from it all. Evacuation provided an answer to this by sending millions of children to the countryside with families who would look after them until the war and or bombings were over. However, some did not react so well to evacuation. ...read more.

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Many children had never been to the countryside, or if they had, not recently due to the war, going away with other children you knew and getting to meet new friends was an exciting prospect. But on the other hand, this "free holiday" meant separating from you parents, your siblings, your families, and it wasn't a guarantee that you would b placed in the same foster house, street or even town as your siblings or friends. Most foster parents were nice to their children, but not all foster parents wanted the evacuees; after all, they weren't getting paid to have them, they had to pay for them themselves. This was a major expenditure for some, especially during the rationing. Some children would get it easy, they would be placed with a family who wanted to look after them, and treated them as one of their own, but some weren't so lucky; some children who were placed with farmers or families of industrial trades were taken in as free labour. The reaction of the child depended mainly on the child, the age, the sex, the personality, the family they were placed with and their backgrounds. ...read more.

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Posters and leaflets were issued around the countryside, trying to persuade people to foster children or families, with slogans such as - "Thank you, Foster Parents...we want more like you!" Some host families who had looked after children for a while, and who had seen the appalling state that they had arrived in, didn't want to send them back to families who mistreated them, or let them become as they were before again, whereas some host families could not wait to get rid of them. Some families only got the children for a form of free labour, like farmers and people in local industry. Families were told that they could pick out the child/ children that they wanted, which could've appealed to them, but not to the children, who would have to be almost auctioned off, and maybe left till last. Although the reactions to evacuation was varied across the country, I think I can say that most people were excited about evacuation, parents who could be worry free, and freed up to work and fight freely, and the children who were happy to be away from the bombing whatever the host family was like, and having a free holiday in the countryside with a constant supply of food and new friends. ?? ?? ?? ?? History Coursework Assignment Katie Dadzie ...read more.

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