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Why No Museum of Evacuees?

Sep 1st, 2009 | By

This week is the anniversary of the beginning of WWII.

It is also the anniversary of the children called evacuees. The government had developed a plan whereby all children in areas thought vulnerable to attack by the Germans were to be moved to safer areas and billeted with people other than their relations until it was safe to return. This huge logistic exercise began being carried out this week when almost three and a half million children were moved (ironically codenamed, Operation Pied Piper) by train. Clutching labels, gasmask cases and their luggage, children were moved miles from their homes.