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THE OCCUPATION AND LIBERATION OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS 1940-1945 (IWM)

Presented and Produced by Chris Steers and Kelvin Andrews, Love, Art and Radio Resistance tells the story the German Occupation of the Channel Islands and the resistance activities which took place.

In the Summer of June 1940 following the evacuation of the ports of Dunkirk and Saint-Malo, the British Government announced that they were going to demilitarise the Channel Islands. Following this the German Army invaded and occupied them for the remaining duration of the war.

With the 80th anniversary of that very invasion and the 75th anniversary of the liberation, this sense of occasion became a driving force in producing the documentary. The initial research had led Chris and Kelvin to many stories of resistance, particularly tales of using forbidden wireless radio sets which the Nazis confiscated en-masse apparently at the express order of the Fuhrer himself!

La Corbière Lighthouse – Jersey

French, Jewish, lesbian lovers, Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe were entering middle age when they moved to St.Brelade on Jersey to retire in 1937. They were part of the Parisienne surrealist art movement during the 1920s and this intensely progressive way of looking at the world was the very antithesis of the Nazi ideal. For almost five years, the pretend ‘sisters’ conducted a phenomenally fearless campaign aimed at destroying the morale of the occupying soldiers. They transcribed BBC radio broadcasts from a hidden set and placed disruptive messages and art in the pockets of German troops designed to undermine the regime. All this time, they carried poison which they intended to induce suicide with, should they have been caught.

Hosted by Chris Steers – Love, Art and Radio Resistance

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