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The Model Occupation. The Channel Islands Under German Rule 1940-1945 [Hardcover]

Madeleine Bunting
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Publisher: BCA; Book Club Edition edition (1995)
  • ASIN: B0047P1GM0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I read this book with very considerable interest because I moved to Guernsey in the Channel Islands when I was 7, in 1945, at the time the German Occupation Forces had just been expelled or captured. Hundreds of German soldiers were still being trucked around every day to help repair the tomato industry. I was soon in school, at Elizabeth College, which had been the HQ of the Germans in Guernsey.
Madeleine Bunting decided to write a book on the Occupation because she read that two Gurnsey Jews had been taken away by the Nazis and killed. She has written a very good book, taking the chance of stepping on hidden sensitivities, and I am told she was quite hurt by some of the responses she received. Sensitivities there certainly were. Nothing was spoken about the Occupation for the first years after the War ended, but then people did mention the poison-pen letters giving away who owned an illegal wireless etc. There was a varying degree of collaboration with the Nazi rulers, some for luxury items, sometimes for much-needed food, or out of fear. And as Madeleine Bunting shows, those who were around when she wrote this book were by then in a new world, of tourism paqrticularly, and wanted only for the dark years of Occupation to be seen as a small, brave corner of Europe doing its best to survive in very very difficult circumstances.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very informative read 2 Dec 2010
By artee
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I visited Guernsey this year and whilst there this book was mentioned to me. I was also advised that I wouldn't find it in a local bookshop on the island because for what ever reason it was not widely promoted.

I enjoyed the style of writing - informative, detailed and balanced.

This book for me was most moving, telling the story of government/s, islanders, labour camps and the ruling military. The sufferings and hardships, brutality and surviving.

It is a book I will read again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why I love this book about the Channel Islands. 28 Sep 2013
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This is an excellent book of history narrating the terrible events which happened during WW II in this place often unknown by many European people.
I always had a great interest toward the Channel Islands, because a branch of my paternal family is from Guernsey !
I enjoy a lot this island which is a paradise and where I spent some holidays once more last month.
Of course, I am always ready to speak with pleasure of this wonderful British archiplago.
With my congratulations :
Pierre BAMEUL
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Model Occupation, by Madeline Bunting 15 Dec 2012
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A throughly good account. though of course someone who did not live in the Islands at that time can get the total feel of the times. Good factually, very readable
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4.0 out of 5 stars Germans do invade Great Britain in WWII 7 Aug 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One of Hitler's aims in World War II is to invade
Great Britain. Many people believe that the Royal
Air Force's efforts in the Battle of Britain thwarted
that aim. Not so. The Germans did invade and
occupy a series of British islands off the French
coast.
Madeleine Bunting writes a fairly interesting
account of the invasion and occupation. The book
also covers the miniscule and not too succesful
underground movement to defy German occupation.
The book questions whether the Channel Islanders
were guilty of collaboration with the Germans.
Afterall, Bunting mentions that several of the
local women married Germans and that the under-
ground movement never took hold.
Some of the stories about occupation life are quite
interesting, but not everything Bunting brings up
is satisfactorily answered. Case in point is the
concentration camp on the island of Alderney. She
mentions that it existed, but doesn't dig deep
enough to discover the full extent of possible
atrocities.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thorough study of a complicated subject 1 July 2013
By Jane Sellers - Published on Amazon.com
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Very thorough, yet very interesting study of these islands under Nazi occupation. Each island had a different experience with the Germans, and each person, as well. The author doesn't gloss over the atrocities nor the human frailties of both the occupied and the occupiers. I liked it a lot. Real people with real stories. it held my interest until nearly the last, when I became exhausted with it all. I am planning to visit the islands later this year, and this book will enhance my days there enormously.
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