The Policy of Evacuating Children During World War II
During World War 2 many children and other vulnerable civilians such
as pregnant women and mothers with young children were evacuated to
the safer country areas. In this essay I will look at the reaction's
of many of the many different people involved with the evacuation such
as the children evacuated, mothers and the clashes they had with the
other parents in their host's family. I will also talk about the host
families and what they wanted in return for taking the children in.
When the families first met it would all seem fine but after a very
short amount of time the first problems would start to arise. Normally
these would revolve around the children and who had the right to
punish them. The host mother would normally argue they are in their
house and she lays down the rules but the evacuated mother would want
to argue that it is her child and she should be the one to deal with
the child. To sort out some of these disputes there was an evacuation
officer however this would only be needed if the families could not
come to some way of sorting the problem out themselves. Other disputes
would normally happen in the kitchen when the two mothers clashed
about who should cook and what they were having for a certain meal. On
the more positive side the people who could get along found it much
easier with less work to do they could take some rest whilst the other
parent took care of the children or cooked the next meal.
Some of the host's main attitudes to evacuation were that it was their
patriotic duty to take in as many children as they could in their
country's time of need but this was not the case for all families.
Other families took children in depending on their qualities. When
they first arrived many felt like they were at an auction as the best,
strongest boys were picked first. They were picked because they would
be able to help the most on the farm. The host family also took in
children to gain the allowances by taking care of them as...