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Guernsey files reveal how islanders defied Nazi occupation

Publié par Clifford Armion le 18/11/2010

Stephen Bates

"A file of papers that spent decades stuffed into a briefcase in the back of a wardrobe in Guernsey has provided what researchers say is the most important archive detailing the experiences of Channel Islanders under the German occupation in the second world war to have emerged in the last half-century.

"The documents, apparently unread since they were compiled in the mid-1960s as Guernsey people applied for belated compensation, give graphic accounts of the treatment of some of those who were deported after being caught in acts of resistance.

"Occupied between 1940 and 1945, the islands were the only part of the British Isles the Nazi regime seized. The papers may lay to rest accusations that some Channel Islanders collaborated too easily with the occupation. Testimonies are already leading to calls for Guernsey to erect its first memorial to those who resisted the Germans."

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"Guernsey files reveal how islanders defied Nazi occupation", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2010. Consulté le 29/11/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/guernsey-files-reveal-how-islanders-defied-nazi-occupation