Homecoming Day is marked every year to commemorate the return to Alderney of the first group of Islanders after WW2, following the mass evacuation of 1940. An important day in Alderney’s history, 2019 celebrates the 73rd Anniversary of Homecoming Day.
Unlike the other Channel Islands, just about everyone left Alderney when ships arrived offering help, thus allowing the Nazis to do as they wished with the island.
On Hitler’s personal instructions it was turned into a land battleship, a key bulwark of the Atlantic Wall. Four concentration camps (the only ones ever built on British soil) housed thousands of slave labourers from all over Europe (including the Channel Islands) who, in conditions of appalling deprivation, converted the island’s picturesque Victorian forts into a Speer-inspired nightmare.
There will be some commemorative events held on this day – details will be published here when known.