OCCUPIED CHANNEL ISLANDS VERSUS OCCUPIED FRANCE
Perhaps Channel resistance well-hidden and supported the Islands movement. network pivotal by had Charles difference with of The freedom France de French Gaulle. life was fighters, had in the The the a vast occupied lack islanders inspired and of a simply create anything didn’t have like the that, resources and they or would numbers have to found it nearly impossible to hide in such little space. But another key point of comparison is in the treatment of women who had relationships with Germans. Fraternising was certainly frowned upon on the islands, but many would turn a blind eye. Dolly and Willi left Guernsey at the end of the war not ever hearing the pejorative term ‘jerrybag’. Werner Rang was another German soldier who fell in love with an islander, named Phyllis, and after being imprisoned in Britain, he returned to Sark and married her. Eventually welcomed into the community, he lived there for the rest of his life. It was a different story in liberated France. As soon as the victory celebrations subsided, trucks full of women would be driven through the streets, jeered at and forced to endure the physical humiliation and pain of having their heads shaved. There were even stories of prostitutes being beaten to death. Many French civilians were shocked at the brutality served to what were often starving women trying to protect and feed their families.
A woman accused of collaborating with the Nazis has her head shaved as French resistance fighters look on