Jersey’s Political Prisoner’s Register has been shrouded in secrecy since the war but has now been revealed. Includes people who were served time on the island and those who were sent to France to do sentences. Philip George Ozard was sentenced to five years in France in 1942 and was later moved to Germany. The fascinating stories of Britons held as political prisoners on Jersey have been unveiled for the first time since the Second Wold War. Jersey’s Political Prisoners’ Register from the Nazi occupation shows the names and crimes of those held on the island or banished to camps in France and Germany between August 1940 and December 1944. It has been shrouded in secrecy for 75 years with access restricted until now. But Jersey heritage officials say it is ‘fitting’ to mark the 75th anniversary of the island’s liberation by opening the files. From teenagers to the elderly and labourers to advocates, the register carries the details of 506 people convicted of ‘political’ crimes. The misdemeanours that saw them locked up include painting V signs, spreading anti-German propaganda and listening to radios. Many were sent to France and Germany to serve their sentences, and while some returned safely after the Liberation, others – such as Louisa Gould, now well known for helping to hide a Russian prisoner of war – did not

via dailymail: Unseen 75-year-old records reveal how Nazis jailed political prisoners on Channel Islands for crimes including painting V signs, spreading propaganda and even listening to radios

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