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Antisemitic issue from the island of Guernsey in the English Channel - the British Isles occupied by the Nazis - 1943

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Rare issue of the newspaper "The Star", No. 23, CXXIX. Guernsey, of the Channel Islands. January 23, 1943. Anti-Semitic propaganda by the German occupier while taking over the only newspaper published in the Channel Islands. English.

On the title page is an antisemitic article about the nature of the Jew. It includes alleged quotes from Jews writing about themselves, from which it emerges that the Jews themselves admit their shortcomings as a people. For example, it features a quote attributed to the Jew Marcus Eli from what he allegedly wrote in the Century Magazine in the United States in February 1928: "One of the most dangerous traits, usually Jewish, is its cruel and even barbaric intolerance. It is impossible to imagine a tyranny worse than that of a Jewish mob. It seeks to trample mercilessly with bestial cruelty on anyone who dares to resist it. There is a vast difference between the intolerance of the German and that of the Jew. The former fights his rival openly and fairly. The Jew, on the other hand, seeks to destroy his rival in a spiritual conflict by undermining his material base, undermining his community status, or by trying as much as possible to suppress his rival in the eyes of the world, or simply to lie him out of existence". The issue goes on in the same antisemitic spirit.

Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands, located in the English Channel near the coast of France. The island is part of the British Crown dependencies, and is not part of the United Kingdom. Its residents hold British passports, but instead of "United Kingdom" they bear the inscription "British Islands: Bailiwick of Guernsey". The island has no representation in the British Parliament, but its foreign affairs and security are handled by Britain.
The German occupation of the Channel Islands lasted for most of World War II, from June 30, 1940 until the liberation of the islands on May 9, 1945. The Germans organized their administration in the islands as part of the French district of Manche, where it was effectively part of Vichy France. Upon arriving in the islands, the Germans issued orders imposing new laws on the island residents. The Germans built many camps in Jersey, Guernsey and four camps in Alderney. The Nazi Todt Organization operated all the camps and used forced laborers to build bunkers, gun emplacements, air raid shelters and concrete fortifications.
The newspaper "The Star", which was first printed in 1813, was one of only two newspapers printed on the island during the days of the German occupation. Under the German occupation it was published subject to censorship by the German authorities, who over time took control of its content, fired the editor Frank Falla, and turned it into a tool for antisemitic propaganda and conveying pro-German messages.

Complete issue. [4] p. 51 cm. Minor wrinkles and tears on the margins. Good condition.

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122. Antisemitic issue from the island of Guernsey in the English Channel - the British Isles occupied by the Nazis - 1943