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HITLER’S BRITISH ISLES

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 13.00

True-life recollections from the Channel Islanders who were the only British subjects to live under Nazi rule in WWII.

Duncan Barrett spent three months in the Channel Islands researching Hitler’s British Isles, which tells the story of life under Nazi occupation and is based on interviews with over one hundred Islanders.

The people of Guernsey, Jersey and Sark got to know the enemy as those on the mainland never could, watching in horror as their towns and villages were suddenly draped in Swastika flags, their cinemas began showing Nazi propaganda films, and Wehrmacht soldiers goose-stepped down their highstreets.

Those who resisted the regime, such as the brave men and women who set up underground newspapers or sheltered slave labourers, encountered the full force of Nazi brutality. But in the main, the Channel Islands occupation was a ‘model’ one, a prototype for how the Fuhrer planned to run mainland Britain. As a result, the stories of the islanders are not all misery and terror. Many, in fact are rather funny – tales of plucky individuals trying to get by in almost impossible circumstances, and keeping their spirits up however they could.

‘An absolutely fascinating account of life under German rule in the Channel Islands during the war. As a Guernsey girl I grew up with these stories and recognise family and friends in these pages. Duncan Barrett has done a brilliant job of reflecting the peculiar challenges that existed for those living under occupation.’ Sarah Montague, The Today Programme presenter.

Duncan Barrett studied English at Cambridge University and now works as a writer and editor, specialising in biography and memoir. He is also the author of The Sugar Girls, GI Brides, and The Girls Who Went To War.

Duncan Barrett will also present a memoir-writing workshop at Jersey Arts Centre 11.00 – 13.00 Sunday 30 September.

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