Comments

Norman Le Brocq, founder member of the Jersey Communist Party and former Deputy of the States of Jersey, talks to the Channel Islands Occupation Society about his occupation experiences. Introduction by the CIOS President. Talks about his personal situation at the start of the occupation, his decision not to be evacuated, his political ideas, becoming a methodist lay preacher, meeting Leslie Huelin, a member of the Australian Communist Party, in 1941, forming a discussion group that later became the Jersey Democratic Movement to talk about ideas for Jersey after the war, the formation and growth of the Jersey Communist Party, the recruitment of Warren Hobbs, names of young people that they had recruited, making sketches of German military installations, organising aid for escaped Ukrainian forced labourers, Mikhail Krohin, an escapee taught english by Mrs Metcalfe who acted as a distribution messenger, the acquirement of a printing duplicator to create illegal leaflets for the Jersey Democratic Movement, copying BBC news bulletins for camps, help they received, methods of obtaining supplies and identity cards, Dr McKinstry who helped them, the setting up of an OT Hospital being at Girl's College, contact between Ernest Perrée, a porter at the hospital and the Spanish workers who were mostly communists, the meeting between three spanish workers and three from the Jersey Communist Party, the passing of leaflets in the camps by the Spanish, the duplicator being hidden in a cottage in Sand Street, his wrongful sacking from the Jersey Gas Company for leaking information, working for the libraries and the George Hutt's bookshop and lending library in Broad Street, Feodor Burrij and Louisa Gould, a meeting with Paul Mullbach, a german soldier part of a group [part of or inspired by the Free Germany Movement] attempting to start a mutiny in the garrison, agreement to produce leaflets for him, being nominated as liaison with Mulbach and meeting in Burger's Bookshop in the Parade to hand over the leaflet to print, being helped by Rosalie Le Riche, Mr Le Brocq's soon to be wife, Mulbach's desertion and the cottage bought for him to live in, Mulbach's attempt to blow up the camp and plans for the mutiny being curtailed as the result of liberation. Questions asked about what happened to Paul Mulbach, the people involved in resistance movements that existed and Mr Holmes, a shopkeeper who was alleged to be a spy for both the Nazis and the Allies, Polish soldiers in the German army, the camp at the bottom of Jubilee Hill, known as Lager Immelman, the return of the forced worker, Mariam Polski (?) to the island after the occupation, Russian bishops, visit to Ukraine, the experiences of the German prisoners of war and forced labourers after the occupation, whether he's thinking of writing his memoirs, whether he was ever picked up by the Germans, he talks about a member of the feldgendarmerie, Billy Mace, who warned Louisa Gould a search was coming but she was unable to get everything out, the experience of Harold Le Druillenec and the efficiency of the Nazis. [Same recording as items R/03/C/7 and R/03/C/8]

Reference

L/D/25/L/36

Date

April 13th 1988 - April 13th 1988

Names

Jersey Gas Company
Le Druillenec, Harold Osmond
Gould, Louisa Mary, née Le Druillenec
Mace, Billy
Polski, Mariam
Lager Immelmann
Holmes, Mr
Hutt, George
Burrij, Feodor
Free Germany Movement
Le Riche, Rosalie
Burger's (Bookshop)
Mülbach, Paul
Perree, Ernest
McKinstry, Dr
Jersey Democratic Movement
Metcalfe, Mrs
Krohin, Mikhail
Organisation Todt
Hobbs, Warren
Huelin, Leslie
Jersey Communist Party
Le Brocq, Norman
Channel Islands Occupation Society (Jersey)

Keywords

communists | slaves | desertions | news | Prisoners of war | spaniards | Hospitals | gas labourers | ukrainians | German soldiers | Polish | mutinies | bookshops | Libraries | Liberation | identity cards | propaganda | Resistance | escapees | leaflets | concentration camps | communism | Occupation | Second World War | sound | sound recordings | Broad Street | Ukraine | Jubilee Hill | Sand Street

Dimensions

3 sound cassette

Language

English

Level of description

file

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