Comments

Occupation-BBC Radio Jersey tape. The story of the occupation of Jersey during World War 2 told by the people who lived through it produced by Beth Lloyd. 1) Part 15: We Are At War. Eye witness accounts of feelings of isolation, seeing and hearing British and German aeroplanes, feeling and seeing bombing raids on the coast of France, leaflet raids, members of the royal air force being taken as prisoners of war, commando raid on Egypt, sabotage, the v sign campaign, resistance and reprisals, youth groups against the Germans, the British Patriots group and Norman Le Brocq and Leslie Huelin working with the Free Germany Movement represented by Paul Muelbach calling for a mutiny in the garrison. 2) Part 10: There's Good and Bad in all Races. Eye witnesses talking about collaborators, Jerry Bags, informers, the actions of the Post Office to destroy anonymous denunciation letters or warn those who had been denounced, searches by german soldiers to follow up anonymous letters, relationships with and attitudes of the german soldiers. 3) Part 11: Government and God, How the States and the Church Survived. Eye witnesses talking about dissatisfaction with the local authorities, the difficulties faced by the bailiff Alexander Coutanche, confirming legislation in Jersey, rectors and Jurats members of the States, meetings of the States, rectors remaining in the parishes and services continuing, Canon Cohu being taken by the Germans for passing on the news from the radio, praying for the men who were fighting, banning of the Salvation Army and Jehovah Witnesses. 4) Part 12: Brushes with the German Authorities. Eye witnesses talking about being interrogated at Silvertide, experiences of confrontations with the german soldiers, being arrested and beaten, court martials and trials of local residents, listening to the radio and experiences in the prison at Gloucester Street. 5) Part 13: The Todt Organisation and their Russian Slave Labourers. Eye witnesses talking about the background of the Organisation Todt, the arrival of the Russians on the island, the condition they were in, the brutality of their overseers, begging and stealing food, concentration camps, the Jersey Communist Party and other people giving shelter, food, clothes, false papers and english lessons with Mrs Metcalfe to escaped prisoners, the story of Louisa Gould, Harold Le Druillenec and Feodor Burrij and the experience of other residents who harboured escapees. 6) Part 14: Entertainment. Eye witnesses talking about the difficulties of the first show during the occupation put on by the Jersey Amateur Dramatics Club, cinemas and the films that were shown, variety entertainment at the Opera House, West's Cinema and out in the parishes, finding musicians, public dances, the Amateur Variety Band, the Green Room Club productions including pantomimes, easter productions and shows, improvisations with costumes and scenery and censorship of the shows.

Reference

L/D/25/L/47

Names

Post Office
Metcalfe, Mrs
Organisation Todt
Forum Cinema
West's Cinema
Opera House, Jersey
Amateur Variety Band
Jersey Communist Party
Green Room Club
Jersey Amateur Dramatics Club
Burrij, Feodor
Le Druillenec, Harold Osmond
Gould, Louisa Mary, née Le Druillenec
HM Prison, La Moye
Cohu, Clifford John, Canon
Coutanche, Lord Alexander Moncrieff, 1892 - 1973, Bailiff of Jersey, 1935-1961
Salvation Army
Jehovah Witnesses
British Patriots
Free Germany Movement
Muelbach, Paul
Huelin, Leslie
Le Brocq, Norman

Keywords

Resistance | sabotage | communism | communists | censorship | Costume | pantomimes | Musicians | films | cinemas | dances | shows | entertainments | escapees | Prisoners | English | clothes | Food | concentration camps | stealing | labourers (OT) | prisons | trials | court martials | arrests | interrogations | news | prayers | radios | church services | Jurats | rectors | legislations | religions | Churches | Government | States of Jersey Assembly | German soldiers | post offices | collaboration | mutinies | youth groups | Resistance | leaflets | bombing raids | Aeroplanes | Occupation | Second World War | sound | sound recordings | Gloucester Street | Silvertide | Egypt, Trinity

Dimensions

1 sound cassette

Language

English

Level of description

file

Access Restriction

Master Tape Only - Digital Copy available to listen to, please ask a member of staff for details.

Closed until

2100

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