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On British Soil: Victims of Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands

Joseph Gillingham.  Courtesy of the family of Joseph Gillingham and Island Archives, Guernsey.

Friday 29 March to Sunday 12 May

This exhibition highlights the lives of the persecuted and the post-war struggle to obtain recognition of their suffering.

During the German occupation of the Channel Islands 1940-1945, many thousands of people were persecuted, including slave labourers, political prisoners and Jews. Their story has been largely omitted from a British narrative of 'standing alone' against Nazism and celebrations of British victory over Germany. From the experiences of a young Jewish woman living quietly on a farm in Guernsey and later deported to Auschwitz, to those of a Spanish forced labourer in Alderney, and the story of a man from Guernsey whose death in a German prison camp remained unknown to his family for over 70 years.

Based on the research of Dr Gilly Carr of the University of Cambridge, adapted from a display previously shown at the Wiener Library, London.

For additional information, please visit the Frank Falla archive.     

*Exhibition is free to enter with your Discovery Pass.*

Check opening times and entrance prices at Candie.

 

  • Photograph of Auguste Spitz in 1937, Courtesy of Island Archives
  • V-for-Victory badge made by Alf Williams during the Occupation, Guernsey Museum Collection
  • Certificate of Services Rendered by W.J. Allen, Groundsman at Elizabeth College Playing Fields, who hid two British officers in the cricket pavilion and was jailed for doing so. (Guernsey Museum).
  • Members of Feldkommand 515 watch the progress of fortifications in 1942. Courtesy of Damien Horn.
  • Reward notice issued by the German Kommandantur, July 1941, to deter people from putting up 'V' for Victory signs. (Guernsey Museum).
  • The Star newspaper, Oct 24, 1940 with the Order relating to Measures Against the Jews, 27th September 1940. (Guernsey Museum).