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Occupation to Liberation

States of Guernsey Liberation medal; given to children who were in Guernsey during the German Occupation. Guernsey Museum Object No. GMAG 1980.67

On now at Candie

A new display of information panels, objects and photographs at the Guernsey Museum at Candie tell the story of the German Occupation.  The objects and images all feature in a new introductory book to the Occupation of the Bailiwick written by Jason Monaghan. 

The new book 'Occupation to Liberation 1940 to 1945: Guernsey, Sark & Alderney' has been specially produced to mark this year's 75th anniversary of the Liberation.  The display includes treasured toys owned by a child evacuee, a deportee and a child who lived in Occupied Guernsey.  There is also a home-made crystal radio set, a patriotic 'V for Victory' badge, wooden bookends carved by a German soldier and a Canadian Red Cross parcel. 

  • Pair of mahogany bookends, carved by a German soldier during the Occupation of Guernsey; one end carved with ‘Sonnenwende [Sunbathing] 1944’; Guernsey Museum Object No. GMAG 2017.34
  • A home-made knitted wool toy dog.  It was made for Hugh Lenfestey when he was evacuated to the UK; Guernsey Museum Object No. GMAG 2008.293