Apparently, for the sake of cheap outrage over a Halloween costume offered in the United Kingdom.
"All that's missing is a yellow star," say one outragee. O-M-G, you might think, is it a raggedy set of vertically-striped pyjamas? The horror--!
No. Nothing of the sort. In fact, it's quite plain -- a beret, a shoulder bag, a tag and a coatdress of 1940s cut. "WW II Evacuee Costume," it says, and assuming you keep falling asleep when The H!tler Channels on cable or satellite retell the story of WW II, you might -- might! -- wonder, "Evacuated from where, by whom, and for what?"
Of course, you'd also have to have grown up in a country that doesn't commemorate Evacuee Day to plead perfect ignorance; I suppose that would excuse a lot of us here in the States, especially if one is incurious. Canadians ought to know better, and as for Britons--
Lookie here: In the Autumn of 1939, London was fixing to be bombed. A year later, the Blitz began. From the time Britain declared war on Germany, the Brits started moving the vulnerable out of target areas, the bigger cites in particular. Some kids were sent as far as Canada, or even farther. Most were sent out into the countryside -- evacuated there.
This is not deportation to death camps. It's getting children out of danger. There ain't any yellow stars involved.
Shaddup, siddown, and eat your history book. It's damned obvious you're not going to read it.
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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