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2019: On British Soil; Victims of Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands

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

(The text from this exhibition, together with images and a map of the camps, can be found in the PDF at the end of this page). 

During the German Occupation of the Channel Islands from June 1940 to May 1945, many thousands of people were persecuted, including Jews, slave labourers and those who dared to offer resistance. Based on the research of Dr Gilly Carr of the University of Cambridge, this exhibition was originally displayed at the Guernsey Museum at Candie.  It tells the overlooked stories of the persecuted, and the post-war struggle to obtain recognition of their suffering. These range from the experiences of a young Jewish woman in hiding in Jersey, 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.

The exhibition included compelling personal testimony and objects drawn from the collections of Guernsey Museums & Galleries, Guernsey's Island Archives, Jersey Heritage, the Wiener Library, the German Occupation Museum in Guernsey and personal items belonging to the victims of Nazi persecution. We were very grateful for the generous support of all the lenders without whom the exhibition could not have taken place.  The On British Soil exhibition was developed by Dr Gilly Carr, Guernsey Museums & Galleries and the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide in London. The wider research was supported by the EVZ Foundation, the University of Cambridge and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. 

'On British Soil' was officially opened by The Rt Hon the Lord Pickles, UK Post Holocaust Issues Envoy and co-chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.

For additional information, please visit the website:  Frank Falla, a Guernsey journalist, was deported for his role in the underground newsletter, the Guernsey Underground News Service (GUNS). He was sent to Frankfurt (Main) and Naumburg (Saale) prisons. In the mid-1960s Frank helped his fellow former political prisoners in the Channel Islands receive compensation for their suffering in Nazi prisons and camps. This website is dedicated to continuing his work.

Dates of the exhibition: 29 March - 12 May 2019.

  • 02 German troops in St Peter Port, summer 1940 (Guernsey Museums & Galleries)
  • 03 Guernsey Press, July 1940 (Guernsey Museums & Galleries)
  • 06 The Star, 24 October 1940 (Guernsey Museums & Galleries)
  • 07 Marianne Grunfeld (courtesy of Island Archives)
  • 08 Therese Steiner (courtesy of Island Archives)
  • 05 Esther Lloyd (courtesy of Jersey Heritage)
  • 04 Hedwig Bercu (courtesy of Jersey Heritage)
  • 10 Members of Feldkommand 515 watch the progress of fortifications in 1942. Courtesy of Damien Horn.
  • 11 German concrete gun position at the end of the Model Yacht Pond pier, circa 1943.  Festung Guernsey, Guernsey Museums & Galleries
  • 12 Francisco Font (courtesy of Jersey Heritage)
  • 14 Sidney Ashcroft (courtesy of Island Archives)
  • 15 Louisa Gould (courtesy of Jersey Heritage)
  • 16 Joseph Tierney (courtesy of Jersey Heritage)
  • 17 Charles Machon, GUNS member (courtesy of Island Archives)
  • 18 Gerald Domaille (courtesy of Island Archives)
  • 19 Flavian Barbier (courtesy of Jersey Heritage)
  • 20 Frank Falla (courtesy of Island Archives)
  • 21 Falla’s book The Silent War was published in 1967 (Courtesy of Island Archives)
  • 22 Resistance plaque in Guernsey
  • 23 Jewish Women's plaque in Guernsey
  • 24 Deportees' plaque in Guernsey
  • 25 Forced labour plaque in Guernsey
  • 26 Marie Ozanne (courtesy of Bill Ozanne)
  • 27 Marie Ozanne plaque
  • 9 Auguste Spitz (courtesy of Island Archives)
  • V-for-Victory badge made by Alf Williams during the Occupation, Guernsey Museum Collection