Joseph Gillingham. Gillingham, arrested and deported for anti-German activities, died in a police prison in Germany in March 1945.
© Guernsey Archives.

During the German occupation of the Channel Islands 1940–1945, many thousands of people were persecuted, including slave labourers, political prisoners and Jews. Their story has been largely omitted from a British narrative of ‘standing alone’ against Nazism and celebrations of British victory over Germany.

This exhibition tells the stories of these persecuted, drawing upon The Wiener Library’s rich archival collections, files recently released by The National Archives, and items belonging to the victims of Nazi persecution themselves.

From the experiences of a young Jewish woman living quietly on a farm in Guernsey and later deported to Auschwitz, to those of a Spanish forced labourer in Alderney, and the story of a man from Guernsey whose death in a German prison camp remained unknown to his family for over 70 years, this exhibition highlights the lives of the persecuted, and the post-war struggle to obtain recognition of their suffering.

Produced in collaboration with Dr. Gilly Carr of Cambridge University, and with the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For additional information, please visit the Frank Falla Archive website, which contains the stories of all Channel Islanders deported to Nazi prisons, labour and concentration camps, as well as the profiles of those institutions, and searchable maps of Europe and the Channel Islands.

On British Soil Event Series

The exhibition run will include a series of events designed to amplify themes in the exhibition. All the events are free but space is limited – please register to attend below.

  • Talk: Frank Falla versus the Foreign Office: the Fight for Compensation for Victims of Nazi Persecution. Dr Gilly Carr, University of Cambridge (7 November 2017)
  • Talk: Racial Persecution and Resistance in the Channel Islands. Dr Louise Wilmott, Manchester Metropolitan University. (14 November 2017)
  • Workshop: Uncovering the Stories of the Lost and the Persecuted. Dr. Barbara Warnock (Education and Outreach Manager, The Wiener Library), Dr. George Hay (Principal Military Records Specialist at The National Archives, Kew), and Elise Bath (International Tracing Service Researcher, The Wiener Library). 18 January 2018.
  • Film Screening: Another Mother’s Son. Screening and Q&A with scriptwriter, Jenny Lecoat (18 January 2018)
  • Public Lecture: Narrating the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. Dr Paul Sanders, NEOMA Business School. (30 January 2018)