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Impact Of WW II On Children

Students will research a specific topic related to how children coped during World War II.

Brenda Waterbury

on 16 June 2014

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Transcript of Impact Of WW II On Children

Why were children
from England, Scotland
and other countries
evacuated during
World War II?
Major cities like London, England, were targets for bombing during the war.
What was life like for those children who stayed in their homes?
What was life like for those
children who evacuated?
Where did the children seek shelter during the War?
What happened when the children went home to their parents after the war was over?
Anderson Shelters
Sometimes there were no parents to go home to!
"They had a hard time because they missed their foster parents."

Letter from a former evacuee...
Many saw farm animals
for the first time.
They had to work hard
on farms and in shops.
The children were evacuated to the country to keep them safe.
They got extremely homesick
and some even ran away back
to the cities!
As buildings were destroyed,
they only had rubble and broken
items to play with!
They were scared every day...afraid of the bombs.
They sometimes used underground train stations for shelter.
Some went to concentration
In some cases, the children were already orphans and they needed a place to stay.
Some thoroughly enjoyed
the country life!
In the Cities
Major cities in Europe, like London, were afraid of being bombed, so the government "highly encouraged" parents to voluntarily "evacuate" their children to keep them safe.
They were sent to the
country by trains to live with strangers until the war was over.
They carried one bag, a gas mask, and wore a coat (mackintosh).
Life in the Country...
Some of the kids had never seen farm animals before!
Life in the country was sometimes good, sometimes bad. It depended on the foster parents and their families.
Many kids had never gone swimming, either.
If the foster parents were not kind, the children worked long, hard days in the fields or shops.
What happened to the children of Europe
during WWII?
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