On 1 September 1939 Operation Pied Piper bgan to place the children
of Britain's industrial cities beyond the reach of the Luftwaffe.
1.5 million children, pregnant women and schoolteachers were
evacuated in 3 days. A further 2 million children were evacuated
privately; the largest mass evacuation of children in British
history. Some children went abroad, others were sent to
institutions, but the majority were billeted with foster families.
Some were away for weeks or months, others for years. Homecoming
was not always easy and a few described it as more difficult than
going away in the first place. In When the Children Came Home Julie
Summers tells us what happened when these children returned to
their families. She looks at the different waves of British
evacuation during WWII and explores how they coped both in the
immediate aftermath of the war, and in later life. For some it was
a wonderful experience that enriched their whole lives, for others
it cast a long shadow, for a few it changed things for ever. Using
interviews, written accounts and memoirs, When the Children Came
Homeweaves together a collection of personal stories to create a
warm and compelling portrait of wartime Britain from the children's
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