David Fraser – Quite Contrary to the Principles of British Justice: The Jews of the Channel Islands 1940-1945


Event Date: 7 March 2013

German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ

The Leo Baeck Institute London presents:

A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, the Jewish Museum and the Fritz Bauer Institut, Frankfurt am Main, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London. This season’s topic will be Jews and Muslims: British Perspectives which takes a look at British viewpoints be they political, legal or cultural, on Jews and Muslims living in the UK in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Prof. Raphael Gross (Director, Leo Baeck Institute and Jewish Museum Frankfurt) and Dr Daniel Wildmann (Deputy Director, Leo Baeck Institute) have pleasure in inviting you to our first lecture in the new series:

Prof. David Fraser (University of Nottingham)  – ‘Quite Contrary to the Principles of British Justice’: The Jews of the Channel Islands 1940-1945

From 1940 to 1945 the Channel Islands were the only part of Britain to fall under Nazi Occupation. German anti-Jewish Decrees became part of the Islands’ legal structures. Local police and government officials identified and registered the few remaining Jews. Jewish property was Aryanized and Jews were deported, all with the knowing involvement of government officials who remained officially loyal to the British Crown. This lecture examines both the legal and moral failures and the ambiguities which surrounded this little known part of British Jewish history.

David Fraser is Professor of Law and Social Theory at the University of Nottingham.





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