This has led to a historiography that has often failed to distinguish the occupation of the Channel Islands from the experiences across mainland Europe.
This grand narrative has, however, led to a suppression of memory of the victims of Nazi violence who lived in the islands or were brought to them. The few Jewish residents of the two Bailiwicks — Guernsey and Jersey — were deported if discovered by island authorities which cooperated with the German administration. Civilians who resisted have not been celebrated on the islands because their actions were seen as bearing potential repercussions for the wider community.
Slave labourers from across Europe were brought to the Islands, working in horrific conditions after her own son dies in action in the navy in March Soon after this scene, we align with the point-of-view of a young child, Rex, as he watches slave labourers working in a quarry.
Although this image is typical in Holocaust films, in the context of the Channel Islands, the German soldiers have long been portrayed as humble, polite and civilised. Yet, it is important to remember that the occupiers in the Islands were German soldiers, few could be considered fully-fledged members of the Nazi Party.
The film conflates the different locations to which deportees were sent with its visual images. The slave labourers in the Channel Islands and British deportees in Germany both confront stereotypical Nazi monster-like characters, and later Gould and her brother, Harold, will face them on their way to concentration camps in Europe.
While it is good to see the film tackling the darker sides of occupation history, by confusing the imagery of these three different experiences, of slave labourers, British deportees and political prisoners, risks confusing audiences about the specificity of Channel Islands experiences. However, we must not expect cinema to do the job of history. As historian Robert Rosenstone has argued, film can contribute to historical discourse by encouraging audiences to invest emotionally in it, rather than offer facts Rosenstone, There is still some sense, then, that the occupation of the Channel Islands was separate from the wider events in Europe.
Reviews have criticised the film for its quaint Britishness, arguing that it feels like a soap opera Macnab, Only of course there was no battle for the Channel Islands.
Outpost of Occupation: The Nazi Occupation of the Channel Islands
The German occupation, unwelcome but relatively benign at first, grew harsher as the war progressed and food grew increasingly scarce. The occupation of the islands remains a truly gripping story that continues to have purchase on the British imagination since, for Hitler, it was a model occupation, a rehearsal for what would have happened in Britain should a German invasion have succeeded. May 14, at am. General ancient history.
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