Copy of an article by Margaret J Ginns published in the Channel Islands Occupation Society Review 1981 titled Karl Greier - Reluctant Soldier. Includes copies of photographs and documents from Mr Greier's personal collection and a map showing key locations referred to in the article.




1981 - 1981

Scope and Content

Includes details of: Karl Greier's early life; his move to Jersey in 1930 and time in Jersey during the 1930s mentioning his wife Helen [Ellen Lucy Greier, née Peace]; life during the Occupation, including details of his employment as an interpreter to an adjutant to the Field Commandant; his conscription into the German Army; being captured and taken as a prisoner of war in Russia, referring to his hospitalisation and attempts by his family to trace him; events after VE Day on 8 May 1945, mentioning a card sent by Karl to his family on Christmas Day 1945; his movements during 1946, release from imprisonment in 1947 and return to Austria in September 1947; his eventual return to Jersey on 17 January 1948; and events thereafter.


Afuhs, George
Bond, J P
Demmler, Major
Dixl, Dr
Ginns, Margaret
Gourdré, Marie
Greier, Ellen Lucy, née Peace
Greier, Karl Adalbert
Knackfuss, Colonel
Leader, Charles William
Schumacher, Colonel
Aliens Office
Channel Islands Occupation Society
Field Command 515
Jersey Chess Club
Leos Limited
Ritz Hotel
SS Brittany
Vann (beauty shop)


Bath Street | Kensington Place | Queen Street | 19, Samarès Avenue | St Luke | Austria | Lviv | Mürzzuschlag | Paris | St Veit an der Glan | Wiener Neustadt | austrian | Correspondence | hairdressers | families | interpreters | Letters | missing persons | Occupation | prisoner of war camps | Prisoners of war | repatriations | Second World War | soldiers


11 papers



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