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Explain Different Reactions Of People To The Policy Of Evacuating Children During The Second World War?

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Explain Different Reactions Of People To The Policy Of Evacuating Children During The Second World War? In 1939 the British government decided to evacuate as many children as possible from inner city areas and more specifically those from industrial cities or those with ports. The policy meant that those evacuated from these areas were sent instead to rural areas. The policy was implemented due to meant reasons, the main of which was the fear of heavy bombing from Germany. This policy of evacuation provoked many different reactions from different people, groups, classes and individuals. Although almost everyone living in the areas being evacuated had direct experience of the evacuation, those most affected were those actually being evacuated. This large amount of people consisted of 827,000 schoolchildren, 524,000 mothers and children under school age, 13,000 expectant mothers, 103,000 teachers and 7,000 handicapped people. ...read more.


There were a small number (relative to the amount of people evacuated) who were abused by those who took them in, mentally and physically. It is however, not known how many were abused as some are only beginning to talk of their experiences now. Some children that were sent away from inner cities and impoverished families found the country life a happy experience because once they had adapted to the lifestyle they found they were given as much food as they wanted. Also, the food and conditions were in some cases a lot better than those they left behind. In these cases, the evacuees responded well to the evacuation and adapted and enjoyed their time. A former evacuee, Michael Caine said, "I went on to enjoy my halcyon days over the next six years" about his stay on a farm in Norfolk. ...read more.


Some upper class children were unhappy with their evacuation because they were moved to homes much les civilised and well off than theirs, and this downgrade in living standards caused some resentment toward the policy of evacuation in Britain. This could not be said for all upper class children as some, like their lower class counterparts, adapted well to evacuation and others did not. Stereotypes cannot be put on classes and ages of evacuees, and their reactions to evacuation because it is a more complex and individual issue as to their reaction to the policy of evacuation. It is fair to say that from all the different lasses and ages of those evacuated, some reactions were good and some bad. However some reactions are not known to this day, because some are only just beginning to speak on the subject of their experiences as those who were abused. Tom Murphy ...read more.

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