These essays reveal the experiences of children during World War One. In this collection of more than 150 compositions children write about tearful farewells, brothers reported as missing, the sound of bombs, a spontaneous celebration in a market place after the capture of a foreign town, and the death of a friend in the trenches.
It’s clear the children have been influenced by war propaganda. For example, they hope for future victory by remembering successful wars of the past and they describe German acts of war as a legal right. They negate Germany’s war guilt, and parrot a divine justification for the killing.
The editor, an author of school books and previously a school teacher, hopes in his foreword that the essays will help teachers identify interesting themes to teach because ‘school lessons are all about war’.
- Article by:
- Ian Cooke
Curator Ian Cooke discusses the ways in which propaganda influenced children’s perceptions of World War One, encouraging them to develop particular values and to contribute to the war effort.