The consequences of bombing
in French children under the Allied bombs, 1940–45
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Schools were only one part of communal life that suffered after bombing. Although the experience of bombing was localised, charitable giving was broader. This chapter discusses the consequences of bombing played out in children's lives: local disruptions, being bombed out, becoming a refugee or being evacuated. In the oral narratives, memories of evacuation were vividly linked to bombing. People became refugees during the war for a variety of reasons, and a great deal has been written on the refugees of the 1940 civilian exodus. Changes in status as a result of bombing becoming a sinistré, refugee or evacuee had far-reaching consequences in some children's lives, affecting their education and economic situation, and introducing them to different faces of human nature. Air raids were idiographic events experienced by separate subjectivities. The shared peril held inside it a shared set of fears; it also engendered a shared set of responses.


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