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History of the Jews in Guernsey


History of the Jews in Guernsey

The history of the Jews in Guernsey dates back to at least 1942, and probably earlier. Guernsey's Jewish population has historically been much smaller than that of neighboring Jersey, and there has never been a synagogue on the island.[1]

During the occupation of the Channel Islands by Nazi Germany during World War II, six Jews were deported from the island in April 1942 and sent to concentration camps, of whom three, Marianne Grunfeld, Auguste Spitz and Therese Steiner, died at Auschwitz.[2] Sir Geoffrey Rowland, the Bailiff of Guernsey from 2005 to 2012, has stated that the government of Guernsey was powerless to stop the deportations due to the large number of German soldiers on the island.[2]

There are still some Jews living in Guernsey today, some of whom attend the congregation in Jersey.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Shulman, David; Messik, Louise. "JCR-UK: The Channel Islands Jewish Community". JCR-UK. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "'"Guernsey's Holocaust role 'should be marked. BBC News Guernsey (BBC). 15 January 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 

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