Worth saving disabled children during the second world war sue wheatcroft manchester manchester university press 2013 isbn 9780719088001 224pp price 6500 reviewer one of the arguments that i took from her book is that disabled children were viewed as worth saving but that their protection owed less to a sense of equal rights . Tom compton maintains that disabled people have lacked the health education and leisure to record their own plights certainly there are few personal accounts written by disabled people and published testimony of disabled people who were children at the time of the second world war is extremely limited. Early in the war when faced with an acute shortage of accommodation for evacuees a government official questioned whether disabled children were worth saving this book examines how the evacuation in england wasplanned executed and evaluated for children with various disabilities including the . Indeed while the main thrust of her argument is that disabled children fared better during wartime than we might assume because they were judged by government officials and public opinion to be worth saving her study in practice reveals a hierarchy of disability in which some children fared better than others. Worth saving disabled children during the second world war by sue wheatcroft manchester university press 2013 xx 204pp 65 the evacuations of world war ii were a time of upheaval and change for children across britain and there exists a burgeoning literature focusing on both policy and testimony of the evacuees
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