After initial support for the refugess, opinion shifted
Look at the first the first three extracts from the Herts & Essex Observer. What was done in Bishop’s Stortford to help the Belgian refugees ?
From where were these efforts coordinated ?
What does this show you about attitudes to the Belgians’ situation at the start of the War ?
In the fourth item, what does Mr Ashwell suggest should be established and why ?
What were the concerns in relation to housing refugees ?
What was decided about the future of the proposed Belgian Refugee Committee ?
Now look at the Report of the Police Joint Standing Committee of January 1915. How many Belgians have been registered in the County ?
What are the police reminded to do ?
What are police also warned about and what does this reveal about how people think during times of war ?
Look at the last newspaper article. What has Jean Van Hoof been accused of ?
Who gave evidence and what did Van Hoof claim ?
Do you think that attitudes towards the Belgian refugees changed during the time they were in the UK ?
Can you find any evidence for this elsewhere ?