Effects of Terror on family

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  • What effects did the Terror have on family life?
    • The Terror had a huge impact on families. Whole families might be arrested and deported, or children left behind with friends and family.
    • Men might be sent to work many miles away from their wives and children and not return for years. You often did not know if your spouse was dead or alive.
    • Many children had to live on their wits. At first juvenile crime was treated leniently, being blamed on society and social disruption.
    • Education and care were regarded as appropriate 'punishments'. This changed in 1935 when a new law classed offenders aged 12 or above as adults, liable even to the death penalty.
    • Parents were made responsible for behaviour and had to pay their children's fines. Difficult young people could be taken away from parents and put into state orphanages, where the parents had to pay the cost of keeping them there.

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