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Friday, April 17, 2015

P is for Pied Piper

Operation Pied Piper is the name of the secret plan developed by Winston Churchill to keep the children of England safe should the country go to war. The plan called for schoolchildren in the cities to be evacuated to the relative safety of the countryside because it was expected that the cities would become targets for German bombings (which they did).

During the first few days of September 1939, 3.5 million English schoolchildren were evacuated. My mother was among them.

You can read more about Operation Pied Piper HERE

Pied Piper is also the name of the novel I am writing that is inspired by my mother's experience.


Nicky said...

Makes a lot of sense. I imagine their mothers went with them? Were they able to house all the children adequately for the duration of the war?

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

Hi Nicky - No!! That was the sadness of it - just the kids went - with their schools - teachers and classmates. The parents had to let them go and in some cases the kids were the entire length of the war - 5 or 6 years! It was heartwrenching. I'm sure all the kids were housed, but not all of them happily. My mother was fortunate - she lived with an older woman in a lovely home.