Historians compile online database of Alderney slave labourer names

Bunker at Fort Doyle, Alderney.

Work to find out how many slave labourers died in Alderney during WW2 is being extended to create an online database.

The 12 historians who examined records as part of the Pickles review determined that between 600 and 1100 forced and slave labourers died in Alderney.

The trawled through records kept by the Germans of prisoners interred in Alderney's labour camps as well as transportation records.

That involved research in the US, Israel and across Europe. They were only able to look at copies of records held by the Russians. 

Dr Gilly Carr is an historian on the panel with a special interest in Channel Islands during WW2. She says sometimes the evidence was hidden in plain sight:

"We all had the time to go back to those archives that we'd seen earlier in our careers and had noted that there was interesting stuff there."

She says some European records had not been fully assessed:

"We spoke to Dutch colleagues who are working in this area and they all said 'well, ok ,look in the NIOD archives, go to this archive, go to that archive', and indeed, we found other things."

When the research is complete, the historians plan to publish an online archive in honour of those who died directly, or indirectly, of Nazi brutality in Alderney or in transit to and from the island.

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