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Art returns after 72 years

A detailed pencil drawing of Berthelot Street which was created during the Occupation has returned to the island after more than 70 years away. Shaun Shackleton found out more about its fascinating history

Civil service making the long journey towards more ‘enlightened’ government

DURING the Occupation order was kept by a brutal and extreme regime. However, any system that is so loathed and despised has a seething wall of resentment building against it by the hour. Any government that is run so blatantly against the will of the people is self-defeating and can only exist in the short term. So the jack boot is long departed but, perhaps, even as recently as the ’90s, I can remember isolated incidents where at times civil servants could be officious, rude and sarcastic in dealings with the public.

Sharing the story of Occupation

FROM the brooding bunkers which share our coastline as stark reminders of enemy invasion, to the proud Liberation monument at the harbour – the Occupation is part of the fabric of life here in Guernsey. Despite the passing of now more than seven decades, islanders will never forget the darkest five years in our history. Each May we mark our freeing from the suffering and hardship it brought. Hunger, fear and death was a way of life for those forced to survive under German rule, whilst hundreds of families and futures were changed forever.

Why we will always remember

THE poignancy of Remembrance Sunday is never lost and this weekend’s services across the Bailiwick in honour of the islands’ war dead have been no exception. Yet a further sadness was also hard to miss as this year our community was without its Lt-Governor.

Voices from past heard again


VOICES from the past, when the Channel Islands was invaded by the Germans, can be heard once again after local historian Simon Hamon put pen to paper to produce his first book with that title.

They did their best in an impossible situation

THE Bailiff, Sir Victor Gosselin Carey, the States of Guernsey and population were indeed maligned by Sir Winston and other writers after the war. (‘Victor Gosselin Carey: Putting the record straight’, 1 May).

Resisters who paid the price honoured


RELATIVES said how important it was to remember family at the unveiling of a new memorial honouring islanders who resisted the Germans during the Occupation.

Setting out on the trail of history

AS THE islands prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the most significant moments in their history, the story of Liberation from Nazi-occupying forces will not be far from people’s thoughts in the days ahead. Such a major milestone, noting a precious seventh decade of freedom, will see a mix of events ranging from more reserved, commemorative reflection to carefree festive celebration of the release from the darkest period in island history.