View Full Version : INFO WANTED, Jewish families evacuated from Jersey, 1940.
14-10-2008, 10:42 PM
Whilst researching my paternal Grandfathers history I have discovered that his ship was one of those responsible for the evacuation of Jersey in the channel Isles in the summer of 1940. I recently discovered a jewish website that mentions the Jewish families being evacuated and the fate of those who were not. I have wondered if any of those my grandfather evacuated were indeed Jewish. Can anyone suggest a website or similar where I could find any further details of these Jersey Jews?
My maternal family were apparently Russian Jews but I have yet to start this area of research.
14-10-2008, 11:10 PM
You may find the Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team's article on "The Jews of the Channel Islands (http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/nazioccupation/channelislands.html)" of interest.
i have been researching the ball family from jersey when i looked on oppac i found some ball,s had been sent to germany i dont know if its members of my family as the ball family were originally from cornwall but still found it very upsetting i thought about sending for details but if its my family or not i think i might find it too upsetting http://jerseyheritagetrust.jeron.je/archive.html
15-10-2008, 8:53 AM
thanks Jan, this is the site I found. I did email them and got an automated response stating that all their researchers were currently across europe conducting research. I notice that they have a closed forum which you cannot view without being a member. I may give it a go but feel that it may be a bit of an intrusion, if you know what I mean, or am I being "daft"?
15-10-2008, 11:54 AM
No you are not being "daft" I felt exactly the same when I discovered that I had Jewish ancestors and joined the Jewish Genealogical Society to find out more.
I felt like a fraud but needed to have questions answered so I explained how I felt and they were all so warm and friendly I have never felt like that since.
These might have some info.
As an aside I was taught German at nightschool in the 1970s by a lovely Jewish lady who was evacuated from the Channel Islands at the beginning of the war. She had walked across Germany with her father who sent her across the border but could not travel himself. She was sent to the Channel Isles, I don't know why, she met the man who was to become her husband; evacuated to a south coast port and put on a train to London.
Her husband became a translator and spent the war doing that until the end when he was sent to Germany to translate when the death camps were discovered. So some Jewish people were definitely evacuated from the Channel Isles.
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