Oceans Apart

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Februar 2014



From May 1940 the Children's Overseas Reception Board began to move children to safety abroad to Australia, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand. The scheme was extremely popular, and over 200,000 applications were made within just four months. In addition, thousands of children were privately evacuated overseas. The 'sea-vacs', as they became known, had a variety of experiences. After weeks at sea they began a new life thousands of miles away. Letters home took up to twelve weeks to reach their destinations and many of these children were totally cut off from their families in the UK. Most found their new way of life to be a positive one in which they were well cared for; for others it was a miserable, difficult or frightening time as they encountered homesickness, prejudice and even abuse. This book reveals in heartbreaking detail the unique experiences of sea-vacs, and their surprising influence on international wartime policy, used as they were as an attempt to elicit international sympathy and financial support for the British war effort.


Penny Starns has a PhD in the history of medicine from the University of Bristol and is an established historian and writer who has written about many of the female heroines of the twentieth century. She is the author of Odette: World War Two's Darling Spy (2009), Surviving Tenko: The True Story of Margot Turner (2010) and Blitz Families: The Children who Stayed Behind (2012), all published by The History Press.
EAN: 9780750954723
Untertitel: Stories of Overseas Evacuees in World War Two. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: The History Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2014
Seitenanzahl: 300 Seiten
Format: epub eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM
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