A Girls War: A Childhood Lost In Britain's WWII Evacuation

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It probably doesn’t surprise anyone to learn that for each one of us, a childhood does matter. It’s a lesson the planners of Britain’s World War II evacuations should have kept in mind. Doreen  Drewry Lehr searches for her childhood, lost when she was sent away from her mother before she was even five. She finds precious clues in conversations with those who shared her  wartime experiences on the beautiful, isolated and harsh Yorkshire Moors. The second part of the book surveys Britain’s social policies that separated children from home and parents from the 17th century until 1967, when the last children left Britain – the majority falsely labeled as “orphans.”

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Doreen Drewry Lehr, Ph.D., a British World War II evacuee has published articles but this is her first book. She married Wayne R. Lehr, a US Air Force Officer in 1961. She has lived in England, Germany, many of the US States and has traveled extensively. Ms. Lehr taught at Springfield College, Manchester, New Hampshire, and Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. A Gold Star Wife, with two children and two grandchildren, she lives in Washington, DC and Key West, Florida.

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Children occupy a paradoxical place in any society: They are invisible, powerless, voiceless and vulnerable—and yet it is they, and they alone, who will carry their nations into the future. It is  appalling when governments carry out poorly conceived plans on a massive scale, such as the British WWII evacuation of city children, without a thought for how the resulting emotional damage could compromise millions of children for the rest of their lives. That the effects remained largely unstudied for decades is further evidence of poor government stewardship. There is only one thing that can shake governments out of this kind of mindset, and that is what Doreen Lehr has had the courage to do with this important book: give voice to the voiceless. This is the ultimate power and triumph of wronged children: they can bear witness. Then it is the duty of governments to listen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Mary Edwards Wertsch,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Author of Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress



Only recently have we begun to be genuinely curious about the experiences of girls during wars. Doreen Lehr has been brave enough - and smart enough - to raise the heavy curtain on a  British girl’s wrenching wartime experiences. Readers will be enthralled and appalled reading this gritty and humane account. A Girl’s War makes so clear that in any survivor’s life, “post-war” can last a long long time.
                                                                                               Cynthia Enloe, Author of Nimo’s War,
                                                                                               Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War



A Girl’s War recreates a vibrant, bustling war-time Linton Camp School filled with the sound of children’ voices providing happy memories to replace today’s ugly school ruin. Because of the  book I reconnected with a long lost school family I had not seen since those days of gas-masks and rationing. It was a harsh life and we had few home comforts, but, being older, I liked the
independence and responsibility I had at the school. A Girl’s War provides future generations an accurate account of the history and life at the school during WWII.
                                                                                                                                                                              Mary Szpitter (nee Manley),
                                                                                                                                                                              former evacuee

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