I am currently writing a book about the wartime friendship between Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the US President, and a little evacuee in Knutsford, Cheshire.
Read more here in my article on the “America Comes Alive” website:
I worked with BBC Television on a documentary which told the story of Guernsey evacuee, Paulette, who was evacuated to Cheshire with her Guernsey school in June 1940. The school re-opened in a mansion in Knutsford and continued to run as a ‘Guernsey school’ but struggled financially.
(Paulette was also interviewed for the BBC Coast programme on 3 April 2013 to which I provided research – see my New Book Blog page, entry for 5 April 2013)
The school received financial and emotional support from the Foster Parent Plan for War Children where each child was sponsored by a kind American or British person. Many of these sponsors were well known actors or writers.
Paulette herself was ‘sponsored’ by an extraordinary transatlantic penpal – Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the American President. Mrs Roosevelt supported Paulette financially throughout the war and also sent letters and parcels to her. Much of the correspondence between them still exists today.
Some aspects of the story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Paulette was featured in my book
‘Guernsey Evacuees: The Forgotten Evacuees of the Second World War’ (published by History Press): To order, go to:
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I enjoyed working with the BBC to provide the research for this programme. You can watch short film clips at
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