OC­CU­PIED CHAN­NEL IS­LANDS VER­SUS OC­CU­PIED FRANCE

History Revealed - - BRITS UNDER OCCUPATION -

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

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