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Revue de presse

"It is a story that defies belief." (Independent)

"The secrets of the lost children of Britain may never have been revealed if it had not been for [the actions of] Margaret Humphreys." (Sunday Times)

"A modern Florence Nightingale." (Sydney Morning Herald)

"A truly astonishing, haunting, real-life detective story." (She (Australia))

"Brought tears to my eyes. It is impossible to read...without thinking "These could be my parents. These could be my children."...Despite the sadness and anger at its centre, hope remains the principle message of this remarkable book." (The Times)

Présentation de l'éditeur

In 1986 Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, investigated a woman's claim that, aged four, she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government. At first incredulous, Margaret discovered that this was just the tip of an enormous iceberg. Up to 150,000 children, some as young as three years old, had been deported from children's homes in Britain and shipped off to a 'new life' in distant parts of the Empire, right up until as recently as 1970.

Many were told that their parents were dead, and parents were told that their children had been adopted. In fact, for many children it was to be a life of horrendous physical and sexual abuse far away from everything they knew. Margaret and her team reunited thousands of families before it was too late, brought authorities to account, and worldwide attention to an outrageous miscarriage of justice.

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65 internautes sur 66 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lost Children 5 février 2002
Par Michael J. Amphlett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Margaret Humphreys with her book "Empty Cradles" bravely took on the plight of the Lost Children, those poor souls shipped from the overcrowded orphanages of Britain to all parts of the then British Empire. My own destination was Australia.
Margaret, undaunted by possible repercussions from the collusion of the governments involved, tells our story with heartbreaking compassion. Thanks to her tremendous efforts, some of us now will meet family we never knew we had.
For all who are concerned with humanity, with simple human dignity, this book should not be omitted from your reading list.
59 internautes sur 61 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I was weeping 24 mars 2000
Par saliero - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is a piece of social history which , along with the recording of the experiences of the Aboriginal stolen generation, should be read widely. It is a part of the history of two countries that needs to have the torch shone on it. Margaret Humphreys manages to convey the story with poignance and dignity. That officials REFUSED to acknowledge for so long (and during Humphrey's quest) that any such thing as the forcible 'transportation' of children from the UK to Australia up to the second half of the 20th century, is damning.
Should be on history curricula in both countries. politicians should be required to read it before they can represent their constituents. It should be read alongside 'Bringing Them Home' about the Aboriginal stolen children, forecably removed from their families also well in to the 20th century. As a nation we will reach genuine maturity when we acknowledge and take on board some of the more unpleasant aspects of our shared history.
39 internautes sur 40 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 oranges and sunshine 4 août 2011
Par JohnT - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
A very moving account of the trauma suffered by thousands of children sent from the UK to institutions in Australia, Canada and Rhodesia, often without the knowledge of their parents, and the extent to which the UK and Australian governments and so-called welfare organisations colluded in this practice for decades. The persistence and compassion of UK social worker Margaret Humphries led to many of these children being reunited with close relatives who they had been told had died or abandoned them. The book provides a lot more detail about the callous disregard of these children's interests, the efforts of governments and welfare organisations to conceal what had happened, their attempts to justify it and their reluctance to apologise to or compensate the victims. The book provided the background for a sensitive film with the same title, depicting the plight of these children and Margaret Humphries' campaign to stir the public conscience on their behalf. It is essential reading for anyone caring for childen, their own or other people's.
41 internautes sur 43 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Empty Cradles 17 juillet 2011
Par julz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
This story was very personal for me. My husband was one of those children. It was not until 2007 that we as a broken family were able to find his sisters.
It was a closing of a chapter for me and my three adult children. My husband was killed in a mine accident in 1997. So never got to know that he had family in Ireland and the U.K. It was a cruel and unforgiveable crime on both the British and Aust government. His files were stamped not to be released until 2025. By that time most would have passed on and never known about their true families. We were able to start out search in earnest in 1997.(Thanks to the freedom of information act) It took 10 years of searching for the truth. Now my children know were there father came from and to know their own roots.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A haunting book which tells an incredible story. 3 décembre 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Margaret Humphreys absorbingly relates how thousands of British children were forcibly migrated overseas into institutions where the nightmares took place during the day. Through a chance encounter, she progressively comes into contact with hundreds of these children, now adults, who are desperate to learn of their backgrounds. As each individual story of pain and suffering unfolds, the enormity of the horror is almost unbearable. Many children suffered mental and physical abuse, and all were told their parents were dead. Simply one of many lies. The Australian Government has made some admissions. Other individuals, Christian authorities and the British Government refuse to make any acknowledgements. Even the BBC unaccountably delayed transmission of the programme which so deservedly needed to be shown. This story, lying concealed for so many years, demonstates clearly how a great evil can be perpetrated silently, its victims those who need our protection the most. But the true heroine is Margaret Humphreys, who battled against ignorance, bigotry and even threats against her life. It is due to her this appalling story has been told. Perhaps with this knowledge and a refusal to allow certain authorities to be unaccountable, we can prevent such disasters happening again. If this were depicted in movie form it would be decried as being too unrealistic and far-fetched. If you only read one book in 1999, make it this one.
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