Alderney: The Evacuation and Homecoming is a three part documentary series produced by Eye Film which captures the stories of the people who struggled through the evacuation, occupation and homecoming to Alderney in their own words:
Alderney The Evacuation- 29 Minutes
On June 23 1940 nearly all of the population of Alderney was evacuated before the Germans could reach the island. 75 Years on Eye Film interviewed as many of those who were still alive to hear first hand the story of the evacuation and the week leading up to it.
Alderney The War Years - 58 Minutes
From July 1940 – May 1945 Alderney was occupied by German soldiers. Unlike the other Channel Islands only a handful of residents still lived on the island to witness the German occupation and construction of forced labour camps and a concentration camp, the only one ever on British soil. Eye Film spent a year researching archives, tracking down survivors and islanders to tell this little known story. Along the way they discovered just how busy the island remained throughout the war, it’s historical significance and what atrocities took place.
Alderney The Homecoming - 47 minutes
On December 15 1945 the first Alderney residents began to return to their beloved island, after 5 ½ years as refugees. They found an island completely changed and reinforced by the Germans with hundreds of bunkers, gun posts and even remnants of the 30,000 landmines. 70 years after the Homecoming Eye Film interviewed Alderney residents to capture their memories on film of what it was like in the post war period and how their parents and grandparents set about rebuilding Alderney.
Screening of all three documentarys every Thursday and Saturday at 10am upstairs in the Alderney Wildlife Trust Centre, Victoria Street.
Other times by arrangements.