World War II Jewish Evacuees

I was to see him more seriously angry at times; I was to see him occasionally stressed, coping with his seven-day-a-week job in all weathers and the anxieties of the war; but I am talking about a man who caught two ragged boys trespassing on his field one day and characteristically sent them off with half-a-crown each and some eggs. He needed all his tact and good humour to cope with the two evacuees who took their first tea with the family that afternoon, struggling not entirely successfully to keep back the tears. Evacuation was a trauma out of proportion to the size of our young over-protected lives, and the overwhelming nature of the reality of what was happening caught up with us in those minutes.

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