Building bridges of trust - the use of Finnish children in Swedish wartime politics
2014 (English)In: ., 2014Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
During WWII, approximately 70, 000 children were transported from Finland to Sweden. This is one of the largest inter-country evacuations that has been undertaken in the western world during the 20th century. The evacuations of the children had both political and personal consequences for a lot of families in Finland and Sweden. In contrast to the evacuations of children that took place in Great Britain at this time, no plan for the children’s schooling was made and the children were not sent away in the company of school or nursery teachers. The intention was that they would remain in Sweden for only a short period of time. However, the development of the war changed this. A lot of the children remained in Sweden for many years. Some were sent back and forth between the countries many times. This affected the children’s schooling and language, which was a consequence that no one had anticipated or prepared for. The official purpose to bring the children to Sweden was to protect them from the calamities of the war: as the war progressed political undertones for the evacuations surfaced as well. This paper will examine how the children were used in Swedish wartime politics and what consequences for this had for the children and their education.
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Research subject History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112807OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-112807DiVA: diva2:781338
Education, War and Peace. ISCHE 36 London 2014.
ProjectsNya hem i Sverige - evakuering av Finska krigsbarn under andra världskriget: samtidens syn på föräldra-barnseparationer och allmänhetens vilja att bistå mot bakgrund av svensk neutralitetspolitik
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare