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Explain the different reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during the Second World War

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Explain the different reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during the Second World War In Britain, there were many different reactions to the policy of evacuation in the Second Wold War. Many different groups of society were affected by evacuation. Some of the people who would have been affected the most were teachers who looked after the evacuees, foster parents, parents of the evacuees, children who received evacuees into their homes as well as the evacuees themselves. The group of people whose lives were most disrupted by evacuation were probably the foster parents who took the evacuees in to their farms and country houses. The foster parents' reactions differed greatly depending on the type of person. Some genuinely wanted to support the children whose lives had been turned upside down while others didn't want the hassle of another mouth to feed. The ones who helped the children took them in and treated them as one of their own, often by making their livelihoods better than when they had lived in the cities. ...read more.


Evacuees treated well by their foster families adapted more easily to their lives in the countryside. They enjoyed the experiences of their new lives and took the lifestyle changes in their stride. Many learnt valuable life lessons from their foster families and formed friendships that would last a lifetime. At the end of the war, lots of these children didn't rejoice at the idea of returning home to the dingy cities but were in fact adopted by the foster family. Evacuees were often ill-treated and forced to labour for their foster families, becoming a servant or farm-hand. Many were beaten for bed-wetting or even their "deplorable condition." The children who were treated not quite as well were obviously unhappy but over time they formed relationships with the foster families and were sad to leave when the time came. Poor evacuees who were evacuated to richer homes often felt inferior to the foster families and would have had some trouble adjusting, as would richer evacuees going to slightly poorer homes as they had to make do without the luxury they were used to. ...read more.


The teachers took up their new roles with enthusiasm as they genuinely cared about the children they had taught, but many of the female teachers also had their own children being evacuated as well causing them stress and anxiety. In conclusion, the reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children in the Second World War differed depending on who you were. In the beginning I think there was a lot of anguish between the children leaving and their parents left behind as well as a lot of discontentment from the foster families having to accept another child into their home. Teachers played a vital role in making the transaction as smooth as possible. Evacuation brought people of all different backgrounds together, not always with the best results, country folk learnt the harshness of city life and the evacuees gained an experience which would always remain with them. On the whole, I believe the process of evacuation was a period of massive upheaval with long reaching consequences that no-one at the time could have predicted. The differing reactions of the people were largely a result of the diverse experiences that everyone involved in evacuation had. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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