Alderney considers state of preservation of Nazi camps

Screenshot, Alderney Estates to consider granting protected status to three courses to align them with Lager Sylt

  • Author, Charlotte Cox
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Former Nazi camps on the Channel Islands could soon be given conservation status, the president of Alderney Estates has confirmed.

William Tate said he would also like to create a memorial to honor the “newly” identified individuals who suffered torture and murder at the hands of Hitler’s regime on British soil.

Tate said there were already information plaques at all four sites.

Screenshot, The people of Alderney watched the start of the investigation from the Island Hall.

Referring to the report, Tate described a “deep sense of relief” that tens of thousands of prisoners had not died, as “the evidence confirms.”

He said he also felt “sadness” because people had lost their lives without knowing it, but said those people could now be remembered.

“It’s very important that we never forget that.”

He said: “I think what we can do in the future is make much better use of technology. “We have now put up information boards in the three remaining campsites – I hope we put the campsites in the conservation area to allow a degree of protection. “

Tate cited a desire to create a new memorial in recognition of the report, adding: “It could be the names of all the victims… a new place where people can go and reflect.”

“What we are always committed to as a community is to continue to improve the way we get information out there because it is part of our history and if you want to understand Alderney you have to understand it all.”

Screenshot, Lord Eric Pickles had convened the panel of academics

Earlier, at a press conference, he said the States would work with Lord Pickles on the memorials, describing the panel’s support as “invaluable”.

He said Tate had been “absolutely excellent” throughout the process, while making reference to “some” obstructive people.

“I was surprised by the level of anger and anguish and I think this draws a line,” he added.

The panel was “in discussions” with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), he added, regarding its “letter on the preservation of the sites.”

“We want to work closely with the Alderney estates to mark the sites… place displays there… to ensure that the dead and those who suffered are remembered.”

Jurat Colin Partridge OBE, – the only member of the panel from Alderney – said he felt privileged to have been part of the project and hoped the report would be the “foundation for future commemoration”.

He said he “liked to believe” there was a “collective will” on the island to remember the workers and put an end to the “acrimonious debate and opposing opinions.”

“Some people say why do we look back so far… well, I think we need to create a milestone on which we can base our future appreciation and commemoration.”

He suggested a “book with names, a kind of record” to remember the workers.

“It would be really good for the world to know that there is a record here of those people who died far from their own countries and families, and that the descendants of those workers maybe come and find out a little more about the history and how they died.”

Screenshot, Those who lost their lives are remembered at the Hammond memorial

Dr Gilly Carr, panel member and IHRA representative, said the information plaques at the sites were an “important start” and also referred to the Occupied Alderney website, launched as part of the review, which “will continue updating with stories”. “.

He referenced a visit to Alderney in 2021, when eight recommendations were delivered to Alderney leaders.

  • Improve mapping and liaise with the Land Registry to ensure sites related to the German occupation are included.
  • Produce a dedicated website
  • Provide educational materials for schools.
  • Ensure that the four labor camps and other sites of historical interest are “on the list”
  • Organize an exhibition (virtual or in-person)
  • Provide signage at all sites.
  • Mark the boundary of the burial site on Longis Common
  • Provide new exhibits for Alderney Museum.
Screenshot, William Tate, president of Alderney Estates, said they would look to give the four camps protected status.

Tate said his work to commemorate would be a “moving feast”, with the Building and Development Control Committee analyzing the heritage status of Nazi camp sites.

He thanked the panel for their “tireless” service and said they had “got to the root of what makes Alderney the place it is”.

Following its visit in 2019, the IHRA noted that Lager Norderney was “being used as a holiday camp in Alderney”, Lager Borkum was “at the entrance to the road leading to the tip of the island, while Lager Helgoland” had a house built in it.”

He said the eight recommendations aimed to “help safeguard the record in a way that is sensitive and empathetic to the Alderney community”.

Alex Snowdon, member for Alderney States, said he would be “interested in understanding a bit more” about how the report’s findings could affect memorials and education.

“I think it’s also very important that we highlight the information panels that are on the sites,” he said.

“In my opinion, the Alderney states have been quite proactive in ensuring the information is there.”

Snowdon asked why the presentation of the report had not taken place in Alderney, adding: “It would have been good to have some kind of presentation in Alderney and also a question and answer for the people of Alderney.”

He said such an event would be “valuable” in the future.

Additional reporting by Robert Hall.

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