This exhibit, conceived and created by the Juno Beach Centre especially for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, tells the story of Norman and Canadian civilians (specifically children) from 1940 to 1944.
The exhibit answers the questions: “What would my everyday life have been like if I was a kid living in Normandy in 1944, like my great grandparents?”; “Who did the Canadians liberate when they landed in Normandy?”; “Who were the occupiers?”. Children will be enlightened as to what their great-grandparents would have endured during the war, as well as the meaning of “Liberation”.
5 stations immerse the visitor in a classroom, a family kitchen, the staircase of a home and the ruins of a city. The themes discussed in each station are a glimpse at the major worries of this difficult time period. For Normans: going without, forced labour, working in Germany, fear, the black market, curfews… For Canadians: worrying, listening to the radio, reading the newspaper, propaganda, rationing, recycling, being separated from family members, waiting…
Every element is adapted for young visitors. The subjects are simplified to preserve the vantage point of a child on events they had no control over, but that they were required to constantly adapt to. More developed content enable adults to explain the stations to children as needed.
An age-appropriate educational activity with a Juno Beach Centre guide is available for school groups to discover the temporary exhibit.