Fear of nuclear annihilation scarred children growing up in the Cold War, studies later showed
Stephanie Buck
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I remember as a kid growing up in the 70s how we used to talk about ‘The Bomb’ and what we would do when it happened. It was never ‘if’ it would happen. It was like we were living on borrowed time, and that ‘The Bomb’ was going to be unleashed at any moment. I think the fact that the UK only had 3 minutes of warning made the whole feeling all the more powerful. My mums advice was that I was to run home as soon as I heard the sirens, but, that 3 minute warning would mean I wouldn’t make it. Crazy, horrible times. There was a pop song that used an air raid siren in it (in the 80s), the first time I heard that song wafting over from a neighbours window I instantly thought it was hapening. We where so geared up for it, any possible indicator got you thinking. It says a lot about the enormity of the impact the cold war had on people that it’s still rarely talked about, even now. It’s like a deep psychological scar happened and we’re all still in denial about it. Every so often I still have nightmares about it.

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