Treatment of Jews in Jersey during the German Occupation

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An order by Attorney-General Charles Duret Aubin, against the Jews in Jersey

In common with other countries occupied by the Germans during World War Two, Jews in Jersey were ill-treated by the occupying forces and deported to internment and concentration camps on the Continent.

Their story is recounted in detail in Frederick Cohen's book The Jews in the Channel Islands during the German Occupation 1940-1945 [1]

He writes:

"The implementation of the anti-Semitic Orders in the islands had a substantial effect on the lives of the registered Jews as each measure cumulatively placed further restrictions of their freedom, singling them out from the rest of the community."

One example given is that of Mr and Mrs Samuel Simon:

"For example, Samuel and Beatrice Simon’s great-granddaughter remembered that they lived in a ‘terrible state of fear’, especially after they had received a deportation notice. Their actual deportation having been delayed due to Samuel’s poor state of health.64 They were traumatised by the special curfew imposed upon Jews, and indeed such was their state of fear that they kept their curtains closed all day. Shortly before Samuel’s death the Simons moved to their daughter Ella’s home at Langley Park, St Helier. Samuel died on 7 November 1943.

Notes and references

  1. Previously available on the Jersey Heritage website, but the link is now broken
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