"Grandma, what was it like during the War?” à Courseulles-sur-Mer
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 "Grandma, what was it like during the War?” answers the questions: “What would my everyday life have been like if I was a child living in Normandy in 1944, like my great-grandparents?”; “Who did the Canadians liberate when they landed in Normandy?” and “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 the experience of Norman and Canadian children during the Second World War. The entire exhibit is held together by a child's point of view for whom daily life was turned upside down.
The 5 symbolic stations allow visitors to measure the scope of the consequences of war on children: a classroom, a family kitchen, the staircase of a home, the ruins of a city and a final scene on liberation and scars of war. Every element is adapted for young visitors and several themes are discussed in each station.
It fosters intergenerational dialogue by evoking moments from daily life, to allow children to make parallels and comparisons between life today and life during the war.