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Book Title: When the Children Came Home: Stories of Wartime Evacuees|
The author of the book: Julie Summers
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.64 MB
ISBN 13: 9781847377340
Edition: Simon & Schuster UK
Date of issue: March 3rd 2011
Read full description of the books:On 1 September 1939 Operation Pied Piper began. Its aim was to place the children of Britain's industrial cities beyond the reach of the Luftwaffe. The figures are breathtaking. One-and-a-half million children, pregnant women and school teachers were evacuated in two days. A further two million children were evacuated privately, and some of these children went abroad. Operation Pied Piper was well coordinated and highly efficient. In total, over a four year period, in excess of three and a half million children were removed from areas in Britain vulnerable to attack or invasion. It added up to the largest mass evacuation of children in British history and although by and large it worked, its impact is still felt today.
With a mix of vivid narrative and illuminating social history Evacuees tells the story of those children and the families they left behind. Many of those evacuated never knew if or when they would see their parents again. Many of them had no idea about life outside the city, and almost all were homesick. It was distressing for the parents and bewildering for little siblings left behind.
Evacuees also looks at the situations faced by returning evacuees and explores how they coped both in the immediate aftermath of the war, and in later life.
Using interviews, written accounts and memoirs, Evacuees weaves together a collection of personal stories to create a compelling portrait of wartime Britain.
Read information about the authorI was born near Liverpool and grew up first on the Wirral and then in Cheshire. Although the greater part of my childhood was spent outside pursuing any number of outdoor activities, I have always wanted to be a writer.
I am passionate about writing and unembarrassed to be so. I love researching my books, especially when they involve meeting people and finding out about their lives. I have a little study in the attic of our house with one of the best views in Oxford – the dreaming spires seen from Iffley. I write in the mornings after the children have gone to school and find the problem is not sticking to the routine but tearing myself away from writing at the end of the day. I describe myself as a biographer and historian but the most important thing for me is to be a story teller.
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