The Nazi occupation of Europe of World War Two is acknowledged as a defining juncture and an important identity-building experience throughout contemporary Europe. Resistance is what `saves' European societies from an otherwise chequered record of collaboration on the part of their economic, political, cultural and religious elites. Opposition took pride of place as a legitimizing device in the post-war order and has since become an indelible part of the collective consciousness.
Yet there is one exception to this trend among previously occupied territories: the British Channel Islands. Collective identity construction in the islands still relies on the notion of `orderly and correct relations' with the Germans, while talk of `resistance' earns raised eyebrows. The general attitude to the many witnesses of conscience who existed in the islands remains ambiguous.
This book conversely and expertly argues that there was in fact resistance against the Germans in the Channel Islands and is the first text to fully explore the complex relationship that existed between the Germans and the people of the only part of the British Isles to experience occupation.
Gilly Carr is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, UK. Paul Sanders is Associate Professor at NEOMA Business School in Reims, France. Louise Willmot is Principal Lecturer in History at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
1. Introduction 2. Symbolic Resistance 3. The V-sign campaign 4. Humanitarian resistance 5. Radio resistance and spreading the news 6. Resistance and deportations 7. Economic resistance 8. Defiance and ideological and political agendas 9. Preparing for invasion: weapons, intelligence gathering and escape 10. Women and defiance 11. Defiance and public servants 12. Memory and memorialisation of resistance 13. Conclusions Bibliography Index