During the Second World War, the Swiss Red Cross provided assistance to destitute children in France and Belgium through various initiatives, including establishing Swiss-run children's homes. However, the strong Swiss curriculum at Boitsfort Children's Home in Belgium also sought to inspire Swiss nationalism within the children, in order to cure what the Swiss termed as "the moral decay" of the child. Therefore, the goal to redeem both the child's health and child's national character were central to the Boitsfort operations, providing unique historical insight into the vital link between children and nationhood during war.
|Journal||Journal for the History of Childhood and Youth|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2018|
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- Department of Communication & Humanities - Head of Research and Partnerships at Holocaust Centre North
- School of Arts and Humanities
- Centre for Health Histories
- Centre for History, Culture and Memory