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Nazi occupation items for auction

GR document
GR documents were used to identify Jewish landlords on the islands

Documents from the German occupation of the Channel Islands, including an underground newsletter announcing the death of Hitler, are to be auctioned.

The Guernsey Secret Press typed out bulletins received by home-made radios and distributed them to supporters.

One going under the hammer on Thursday at Mullock's of Shropshire is dated 2 May 1945 and carries the news of Hitler's death.

The Germans' occupation of the Channel Islands lasted from 1940 to 1945.

Jewish tag
Jews were forced to wear identifying crosses of St David

Other items include a cross of St David which Jews had to wear, copies of the Nazis' propaganda magazine, identity cards and Nazi maps of the islands.

Another chilling item is a "GR" document in which an islander identifies the owner of a property on the island as "believed to be of Jewish nationality".

Auctioneer Richard Westwood-Brookes said: "It is the conceit in the UK that had we come under Nazi control we would not have behaved in the same way as the rest of Europe.

"The experience of what happened in the Channel Isles gives the lie to this and is further evidenced in this document."

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