Beyond the “Biological future of the nation”: The evacuation of French and Belgian children to Switzerland, 1940-1945

  • Chelsea Sambells (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Between 1940 and 1945, approximately 60,000 French and Belgian children were evacuated to Switzerland for three-month periods. This humanitarian action was initially implemented by a coalition of Swiss charities but because of its growing popularity and increasing scope, the Swiss Red Cross joined the efforts in 1942. Given the massive diplomatic and material challenges during the Second World War, it is surprising that such a large transnational evacuation for vulnerable, foreign children was generally effective. Government intervention during the 20th century to protect vulnerable children in war was often based upon a strong
Period14 Jul 2016
Event title3rd International Multidisciplinary Conference on Children and War: Past and Present
Event typeConference
Conference number3
LocationSalzburg, AustriaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational