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Alderney questions agenda of TV crew’s slave worker film

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A TELEVISION crew investigating the graves of potentially thousands of Second World War slave workers is causing unrest in Alderney with some islanders fearful of how the island will be portrayed.

Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls. (Picture www.csofs.org

The crew behind what will be a documentary have been in the island filming for two years.

However, following recently leaked documents, islanders are now questioning the crew’s agenda.

Attempts are being made by the Alderney Society to stop the crew’s surveys. However, film makers have indicated they might continue with their work with or without States’ cooperation.

Policy and Finance Committee chairman James Dent said, personally, he did not want more information brought to light in this way about what happened in Alderney during the Occupation.

Any research needed to be subject to a States policy, he added. ‘We welcome academic research and supervised, archaeological, investigation to high professional standards,’ he said.

‘But I’m not sure if a TV documentary is the way to do it.

‘The States of Alderney needs to develop a coherent policy on how we deal with archaeological research, who we want and what we want.’

Full story in today's Guernsey Press plus Alderney's dark secret, two-page special

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