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Evacuation in WW2

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Q1) Study Sources B and C. Which Source is the most useful as evidence about the start of the children's evacuation journey? Explain your answer using Sources B and C and using knowledge from your studies. A1) I believe Source C is more useful than Source B as evidence about the start of the children's evacuation journey because it was a first hand account of the evacuation from a teacher. I also think that what the teacher described about would have been true as it is not something you forget about to easily. I don't think Source B was good evidence because it was only one picture of people being evacuated, there were probably many other images of evacuees, but being unhappy, not the opposite. Plus because it was issued by the Government, I think they intentionally chose this picture to publish because I would have convinced more parents to send off their children into the countryside. But on the other hand, Source C was written in 1988, so as the age of this teacher could have been between 75-85 years old when the interview was carried out, his/her memory could have been slightly distorted. But then again, Source B does provide some equally good points. ...read more.

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But because the children were from the city, Miss Evans might have expected them to of had slippers, but what she might not have realized was that they weren't as well provided as she expected. She didn't realize how small the cases were and there were more necessary things to bring. It was also true that the homes in the countryside were always immaculately clean. Their way of life was of a higher standard to what most of the evacuees would have experienced back at home. Since in the countryside there was much more room, houses and other buildings could have been constructed bigger and more spacious, with better quality. This story about Miss Evans proved that. She was very concerned about keeping her house neat and tidy, and that was very strange and unusual to the two children. Then once Miss Evans realized they didn't have slippers, she told them to stay in the middle of the stairway on the cloth. Q3) 'Evacuation was a great success.' Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation? Explain your answer using the sources and knowledge from your studies. ...read more.

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But one of the biggest complications had to be who the children were given to. One obvious problem was that families were split up, little brothers and sisters were taken away from each other, no matter what age they were. Child evacuees were normally either only children or in groups. It was alright for the only children, but for the groups, it was a disaster. Normally the groups were children from babies to teenagers, but the problem was that the babies and small children needed their older counterparts for protection and comfort. But because they were separated, the babies and small children were unhappy with the situation. Another bad mistake from the Government was that a very small amount of the temporary carers were either child abusers or even pedophiles. When some children were taken into 'care' by these people, they were treated like slaves. These children were forced to work for these people, by doing jobs such as cleaning, cooking and washing etc. They were also given minimal food and water to have lived on and given a small, cold corner with a blanket to sleep on. There was also in many cases, there was never really any bonds between the host families and the evacuees. This made the situation very difficult to live with. Gary Purbrick 11SA History Mr. Murphy ...read more.

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