Testimonies of Channel Islander victims of Nazi Persecution
Dr Gilly Carr, University of Cambridge
This project aims to highlight the experience of British victims of Nazi persecution from the Channel Islands, the only part of the British Isles occupied during WWII. Over 200 islanders were sent to Nazi prisons and concentration camps on the continent for resistance-related crimes, where many were forced into labour for the Third Reich, and where a total of 28 died.
Around 100 islanders submitted compensation claims in the mid-1960s, and it is the testimonies associated with these claims that are the core subject of this project. This project aims to put these testimonies and other associated archival documents online, along with biographies of those deported and profiles of the prisons to which they were sent. In so doing, the project aims to document the experience of Channel Islanders in Nazi prisons and camps.
The project website is named after Guernseyman Frank Falla, former prisoner and survivor of Frankfurt and Naumburg prisons. Falla, a journalist, was deported for his role in an underground newsletter. In the mid-1960s, Falla helped his fellow former political prisoners in the Channel Islands get compensation for their suffering in Nazi prisons and camps. It is thanks to him that the testimonies were written and that Channel Islanders got compensation.
Link to website: www.frankfallaarchive.org (under construction; launch Autumn 2017)