Legacies of Occupation: Heritage, Memory and Archaeology in by Gilly Carr

By Gilly Carr

This publication explores the way the legacy of the German career of the Channel Islands has been changed into historical past (or, conversely, missed) during the last 70 years. as soon as visible because the ‘taint of the mark of the beast’, the conception of a lot of what the Germans left at the back of has slowly replaced from being despised and reviled, buried underground or dumped at sea, to being reclaimed, restored, hugely valued and handled as ‘heritage’. This booklet examines the adventure of varied elements of this historical past, exploring the function of every post-war iteration in settling on on the scar of profession, refusing to enable it heal or fade. by means of researching and examining anew their once-hated legacy, each one new release of Channel Islanders has replaced the ensuing collective reminiscence of a interval that's speedily relocating to the sting of dwelling reminiscence. It contains the 1st in-depth research into the a number of facets of history of profession of a unmarried position and may provide comparative fabric for different historical past execs who paintings with comparable fabric all through Europe and in different post-occupation parts. it is going to discover the complicated moral concerns confronted by means of an individual who works with the legacy or history of Nazism, looking to know the way and why the Channel Islands have replied within the means that they've and asking how detailed – or regular for formerly-occupied Europe - their reaction has been.

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They had the all-important ‘atmosphere’ which they believe cannot be synthetically produced in modern museums through the use of computer screens or artistic/architectural installations. My second source of information has been the Occupation museums of the Channel Islands. While collectors often refer to earlier collectors who have died, or 24 2 Militaria: Collecting the Debris of War other museums which have now closed, these have been incorporated into the story of collecting only in so far as they remain present in the memories of current collectors.

5 Richard Heaume removing horse-drawn ammunition trailer from the St Saviour’s tunnels in the late 1960s (Ó and courtesy Brian Green and German Occupation Museum, Guernsey) admitted to similarly breaking into the tunnels. 48 The St Saviour’s tunnel was still well stocked with equipment in the 1950s. ‘Mostly ammunition, boxes, belts, a lot of German helmets. 49 Later on, when Richard Heaume returned to Guernsey from agricultural college at the end of 1963, he began to collect more seriously. He opened his museum in 1966 and, in 1969, gained permission from the church authorities to open up the tunnels under the church and purchase all the equipment there50 (Fig.

2005) Traumascapes: The power and fate of places transformed by tragedy. Victoria: Melbourne University Press. Winter, J. (1995). Sites of memory, sites of mourning: The great war in European cultural history. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Wood, N. (1999). Vectors of memory: Legacies of trauma in post-war Europe. Oxford and New York: Berg. Chapter 2 Militaria: Collecting the Debris of War 1940 to The Present Day Two German helmets, featuring images painted on the side, entered the collecting market in the Channel Islands in 2009.

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