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The Jersey insiders who died in German prisons and concentration camps during the occupation, 1940-1945.
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23 June 2013
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Paul Sanders' book tells the story of the "Jersey 22", those brave men and women of Jersey who stood up to the Nazis during the World War Two occupation and paid with their lives. These include the compelling tale of my grandfather Frederick William Page (aka White), a civilian strawberry grower from Portsmouth who was turned in by the British police to the Nazis for owning two wireless sets to listen to BBC broadcasts on. After a Kangaroo trial in which he courageously challenged the German court, he was sentenced with six others to prison in Germany, where he died eighteen months later as a consequence of the conditions. This story, and several others, Sanders tells with compassion, but also with academic rigour and discipline. The work is the result of outstanding historical detective work, and indeed redresses the idea of more spurious works that Jerseymen and women were all collaborators during that island's five year ordeal at the hands of the Germans. This book therefore comes highly recommended to a general audience as well as a work of academic integrity.
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27 August 2009
The study focuses on the subject of defiance and resistance in the Nazi-occupied Channel Island of Jersey. It explores the cases of 22 wartime residents deported to prisons and concentration camps for various offences. The book itself created a paradigm shift, for in the years preceding its publication the Channel Islands had been the object of adverse publicity in the UK media and academia. This amounted to collective blanket claims against Channel Islanders for their supposedly collaborationist wartime record. The tactics used by some authors to justify this undue over-focus on collaboration was to minimize or blank out completely all opposition to the Occupation. This study redressed the balance in favour of resistance, through a massive archival collection and interviewing effort which produced irrefutable evidence. The book is dedicated to Joe Mière and Peter Hassall, two occupation survivors who made important contributions to documenting the book.
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