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Series of Sound Recordings originally deposited with the Société Jersiaise by the Education Department. Includes recordings relating to the Occupation, life at the turn of the century and other miscellaneous recordings. Original reference JERSM/1988//428/1-29 (please note some recordings are missing). The audio tapes were copied in 1993 and the cassettes have been given new JERSM references, which have been included in the item description.
Series of interviews regarding people's experiences of the German occupation made by Miss Sue Scott Cole circa 1973 for a student project. Originally recorded on audio tape, and copied to cassette in 1993. Original references for master tapes - JERSM/1993/774/1-4, original references for cassette copies - JERSM/1993/774/5-8
Series of radio programmes entitled 'The German Occupation of the Channel Islands' also known as 'The Channel Islands in the Second World War' produced by the Channel Islands Schools Radio Service. Original reference: Series G. The series was first broadcast in the spring of 1969 and attempts to show how most of the occupation was not 'exciting' but just a constant round of having to improvise and do without, along with what the occupation meant to ordinary people in the setting of these sometimes exciting events.
Series of radio programmes entitled 'Memories of the Occupation' produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcasting Service. Original reference: Series U2. The series was first broadcast in the autumn of 1980 and looks at life during the occupation through the eyes of a Guernsey family. The family and all situations which are narrated or dramatized are all based on fact. Characters used in the dramatised scenes are as follows: Narrator - who is mainly used to introduce each episode; Lily - the mother of the fictitious family, she is used to link most of the dramatic scenes and give extra information not already contained in those scenes; Gunther - a German soldier billeted next door to Lily, through the medium of letters home to his family he gives the German viewpoint. Restricted communications during the occupation meant that news from the other islands was almost always received late and often by hearsay, so events which actually happpen simultaneously in different islands may be mentioned in different episodes. The series was produced by Alan Middleton.
Raoul Lempriere talking on St Helier Town Church, includes; brief information on the age and apearences of the different parish churches; tombstones of Jean la Follay and Philip Durell Junior; royals who have worshipped in the church; layout and of the church; describes prominent features of the church, such as the font, altar, and organ; memorials, including those of Maximillian Norreys, Garthruda Amy, John Le Capelain, water colour artist, Michel Lempriere, Bailiff during the English civil war; Major Peirson (carved by John Bacon); mentions Roger Walden, a rector of St Helier who became Archbishop of Canterbuy in the 1300s; functions of the churchwardens; clock tower containing 2 bells; silver kept in the treasury and other valuables; possible origins of the church building; stained glass window of Christ blessing the children. Occasional dips in sound quality.
Date: 1970 - 1970
Extended version of item R/03/A/1. Raoul Lempriere talking on St Helier Town Church and the Royal Square, includes; brief information on the age and apearences of the different parish churches; tombstones of Jean la Follay and Philip Durell Junior; royals who have worshipped in the church; layout and of the church; describes prominent features of the church, such as the font, altar, and organ; memorials, including those of Maximillian Norreys, Garthruda Amy, John Le Capelain, water colour artist, Michel Lempriere, Bailiff during the English civil war; Major Peirson (carved by John Bacon); mentions Roger Walden, a rector of St Helier who became Archbishop of Canterbuy in the 1300s; functions of the churchwardens; clock tower containing 2 bells; silver kept in the treasury and other valuables; possible origins of the church building; stained glass window of Christ blessing the children. Also mentions the St Helier hermitage and the death of St Helier; statue of St Helier in the church of Bréville(?) in Normandy; Battle of Jersey; grave of Baron de Rullecourt; describes the prominent features of the Royal Square, including the States Chamber, the statue of George II, the Royal Court house and the then Public Library; old French names of Church Street and Bond Street and naming of Mulcaster Street; office block containing the Church House opened by Dr Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury;
Date: 1970 - 1970
Mrs Becquet talks about her experiences as a farmer's wife during the occupation. Recording originally produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcasting Service. Original reference: Res 4. Includes: getting engaged at the beginning of the occupation; last minute decision not to evacuate to England; worries over what the German forces would do; resentment over the order to put white flags up and the hoisting of the swastika; death of her mother as a result of poor nutrition; sharing food with friends and relatives; almost being caught making butter in defiance of regulations; talks about rationing and using substitutes for various foods and tobacco; bartering for goods; trying to pretend that the occupying forces didn't exist; mentions collaborators and their fate after the occupation; discipline of German troops; faith that Britain would win the war; story about a French pilot who landed in Jersey having run out of petrol; various robberies from their farm; arrival of British troops on liberation day. Interview continued in item R/03/A/3a. Duration: 24 minutes.
Date: 1970 - 1970
Alexander Coutanche talks of his duties as Bailiff during the German occupation. Recording originally produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcasting Service. Original Reference: Res 1. Includes: concerns that war was building during the years 1935-1939; Home Office committee dealing with the Channel Islands, presided over by Norman Brook; suspension of normal government and institution of the Superior Council; proclamations for the government of the island issued on the arrival of the German forces; mentions different German officers in command of the island; initial expectations of German officers that they would soon be moving on to an occupied England; mentions Mr Prime, his interpreter; daily duties in dealing with the correspondence from the occupying forces; creation of the German field command at Victoria College House, and headquarters for the occupying forces in all the Channel Islands at Roseville Street; regular council meetings; protesting about things he objected to; setting up the Bailiff's News Office to deal with correspondence sent through the Red Cross; changes in island agriculture to become self-sufficient; supplies from France and requisition of cars to pay for this; Summerland knitwear factory set up to provide clothing; effects of D-Day; changes in the German chain of command; relief of the Red Cross ship Vega; deportations; meeting with German commanding officers immediately prior to liberation; surrender of the German forces on the HMS Beagle, and liberation; difficulties of getting the island back on its feet after the war. Recorded in 1971 by Sheila Sibson. Duration 43 minutes.
Date: 1971 - 1971
The Reverend Peter Manton talks about the hurricane of 02/11/1967. Includes: weather conditions; barometer readings; tides and flooding; damage occurring to property all around the coast; lack of sea defences; destruction of the Garden Cave at Plémont; mentions buildings on reclaimed land. Duration: 5 minutes.
Date: 1970 - 1970
Bob Le Sueur talks about his experience of the German occupation. Recording originally produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcasting Service. Original reference: Res 2. Includes: initial feeling that Jersey was isolated from the war, tourists visiting etc; panic when it was realised that Jersey would be attacked; going to the Royal Square to hear the Bailiff's announcement of the Island's surrender; anticipation of the Germans' arrival and fears that they would ransack the Island; surprise at the disciplined behaviour of the occupying forces; shock at arrival of the first slave workers; reading notice in the Evening Post of imminent deportations; thoughts on suffering and patriotism; atmosphere and behaviour of people on the day of the deportations; mixing with Spanish slave workers; story about José, a slave worker, and his adopted son; treatment of the slave workers; feeling among the population that the island authorities were collaborating; rise of the Jersey Democratic Movement; feeling of living in a vacum and living day by day; thoughts and feelings on the liberation; discusses entertainment, plays put on at the Opera House, parties held; friends who sheltered 'Bill' [Feodor Burryi], a Russian slave worker, at a flat in Grosvenor Street; mentions women who had relationships with German Officers; treatment of Russian prisoners of war by their own government; mentions Gestapo headquartes at 'Silvertide', Havre des Pas and Mr Wolff, head of local Gestapo branch. Recorded by Sheila Sibson in 1971. Duration: 44 minutes.
Date: 1971 - 1971
Miss Constance Brown MBE talks about her experience of the German occupation. Recording originally produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcasting Service. Original reference: Res 3. Includes: running a café at St Brelade's Bay with her mother; chatting with German airforce personnel and other troops; food shortages, customers having to bring their own milk and sugar; Austrian troops who came to Jersey later in the war; a gun emplacement which was built next to her house; anecdote about Douglas Tanguy, a bandleader; a house, 'Mimosa', which her and her mother used to let and was comandeered for the use of medical personnel; construction of the sea wall by Russian slave workers; mentions 4 teachers who had been staying at the Biarritz hotel for a summer holiday, Winnie and Jessie Young, Eve Payn and Dora Hocquard; story about trying to rescue a drowned man; refutes the rumor that dead slave workers were buried inside the sea wall; anecdote about an American airman who was shot down over Beauport; disapproval of local women who fraternized with German troops and of collaboration in general; mentions looting of houses by local people; liberation and hoisting the Union Jack on VE day; being given spare wood for fuel by the Germans building the gun emplacement.
Date: 1971 - 1971
Mrs Le Cornu talks about her experience as a farmer's wife during the occupation. Recording originally produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcasting Service. Original reference: Res 5. Also contains another, unidentified woman speaking. Includes: food substitutes and methods of cooking, including porridge, cake and tea; people helping to harvest wheat and gleaning some to make flour for themselves; making and hiding crystal radio sets; temptation for local girls to fraternize with troops; arrival of German forces, aerolanes swooping low over houses; confiscation of wireless sets; leaflet circulated stating that this was illegal under international conventions and taking of hostages in reprisal for the leaflet, including her husband Philip; feelings of uncertainty about what the occupying forces would do; some farmers were ordered to grow food for the Germans, feelings that some people got rich by doing this; various shortages and hardships mentioned; fowls being stolen from the farm one Christmas eve; hiding undeclared animals from the Germans; distilling Cognac from cheap red wine. Sound quality slightly muffled.
Date: 1971 - 1971
Mrs Perkins talks about her experiences of the German occupation. Recording originally produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcasting Service. Original reference: Res 6. Aged 10 at the beginning of the occupation. Includes: earliest memories of the occupation; mother worked on a farm at Grouville, aunt at an estate agent's in Hill Street, which later became a second-hand shop; mother decided against evacuating; recalls the Islands being bombed, saw the bombers flying overhead; remembers German troops marching down the streets singing; notes the changes in ages of German troops as the war went on; accustomizing to the occupation, German lessons in schools, curfew etc; says that Germans used Jersey as a kind of holiday resort where troops were sent to recuperate between campaigns; shortage of money, making calenders and paintings etc to sell; using food substitutes and other shortages; the black market and bartering; amateur entertainments put on; concert parties put on by the Germans at the Forum, including propaganda films; effects of the deportations; arrival of slave workers, who were held in camps; helping escaped Russian prisoners (Mrs Perkins' mother and Aunt were both Russian), including Mikhail Krohin and George Koslov; Dr McKinstry, the Medical Officer of Health, helped many people by providing false ID cards etc; Mrs Perkins' mother and aunt being imprisoned around D-Day for being Russian-born; some people making large ammounts of money selling food; mentions the SS Vega; Liberation, feelings of gladness but also uncertainty for the future; remembers women who had fraternized with the Germans being victimized.
Date: 1971 - 1971