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Oceans Apart : Stories of Overseas Evacuees in World War Two

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 10mm | 240g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752490117
  • 9780752490113
  • 1,118,406

About Penny Starns

Penny Starns has a PhD from the University of Bristol and has lectured in history at Cambridge, London, and Bristol universities. Her new research into overseas evacuees was the subject of a successful BBC Radio 4 program series. She is the author of "Blitz Families: The Children who Stayed Behind," " Odette: World War Two's Darling Spy," and "Surviving Tenko: The Story of Margot Turner."show more

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