It is important to capture the memories of the past before they are permanently lost. Children’s Voices of the Second World War encompasses the highs and lows of the Second World War as seen through the eyes of children. Stories are happy, poignant, sad and thought provoking. What does come through as loud as the air raid sirens is the feeling of comradeship and how lucky they were to have lived in this time period.
The hardships of living hand to mouth, not knowing if their house would be standing when they returned from the shelters, to whether their loved ones would come home from the forces, were complicated feelings for families to have to cope with. First-hand experiences like this bring alive the subject to the reader and also enlighten us as to what made this generation a pivotal part of our history. Most, if not all, appreciated what little they had and never took things for granted. True values shine from the pages together with their appreciation of the people who put their lives on the line to allow us our freedom.
234 x 156 mm
15 June 2015
32 black-and-white photographs
Helen Finch runs a Writers' Circle in Romford where she lives. She has interviewed many people for the purposes of this book in the hope that their memories and experiences could be shared with the next generation. She is also the author of Kiddiwalks in London.