College of Charleston Addlestone Library
May through December 2017
Curator, Geoff Timms, College of Charleston Librarian for Marine Resources
A new exhibit “Evacuation, Occupation, Liberation: The British Channel Island of Guernsey under the Third Reich, 1940-1945″ tells the story of the five year-long Nazi occupation of the British Channel Islands, just off the coast of Normandy, France. This collection of photographs, newspapers, wartime propaganda, and personal memorabilia and communications invites you to glimpse one small corner of the Second World War in the context of a young family living on the idyllic island of Guernsey during the German occupation. Awareness in the United States about Guernsey and its occupation was raised by the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, and will, no doubt, be further increased by the film currently in production. As a public higher education institution of the liberal arts and sciences, the College of Charleston challenges students to think critically and compassionately about the world around them, preparing them to make a contribution to its betterment. Therefore, with numerous military conflicts raging in the world today, including occupation of territories both by aggressors and liberators, this exhibit provides a timely and thought-provoking insight into a Twentieth Century western occupation experience through the eyes of a family that endured separation from loved ones, curtailed freedom, long-term uncertainty, and daily hardships.