Children evacuated during the Second World War in England

Children  evacuated during the Second World War in England

My Danish friend, Maria Holm, blogs both about children and World War II in such a moving way

Health from one Heart to Another

Resources : “Evacuees of The Second World War” by Mike Brown and The Children’s War by Juliet Gardiner – The official Companion to the Imperial War Museum Exhibition. The pictures are from postcards bought at the IWM.

Stained glass window in All Saints' Church in Sudbury commemorating evacuated children from Manchester to Derbyshire. Stained glass window in All Saints’ Church close to Sudbury Hall commemorating evacuated children from Manchester to Derbyshire.

This motive of the stained coloured glass from 2001 shows the gratitude of the former evacuees from Manchester taken into the country side during the Blitz in 1939-40. About two million children were taken from the big cities and in a few days in the start of the war taking into safer places. The experience from WWI was that the Germans would choose to bomb the cities and even use gas attacks.

A poster on evacuation information A poster on evacuation information

Some of the children experienced to be chosen or not chosen by the foster families like in a children’s game or a cattle market…

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