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Conclusion

  • Gillian CarrEmail author
Chapter
Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA, volume 40)

Abstract

How does the heritage of the Occupation years in the Channel Islands compare to that of Western Europe? In this final chapter, I bring together the evidence from collectors, museums, bunkers, labour camps, Liberation Day and memorials to examine how Channel Islanders have constructed their identity over the last 70 years through the legacy and heritage of the German Occupation. I also highlight the surprising success that post-war children had, while still in their childhood, in setting a heritage agenda that has lasted for decades; in fact, until the present day. Through a discussion of the organic evolution of the occupationscape, I show how memory and heritage in the present day can be both shaped and manipulated by those with a vested interest and can also be the outcome of serendipity and happenstance. This chapter also compares the phases of memory expressed through the key features of the occupationscape with similar phases in Europe. It highlights the contrast between the Channel Islands, which have long been influenced by the Churchillian paradigm of victory rather than victimhood, and the rest of Western Europe, whose war narrative has been focused for decades on the victims of Nazism. I finish by questioning whether the Channel Islands can ever move into a post-Occupation future until they face the more traumatic legacies of the Occupation which have yet to be turned into heritage.

Keywords

Generations Children Occupation nostalgia Memory contestation Contingency of heritage Identity (construction of) Occupationscape (creation of) Occupation generation Community 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Catharine’s CollegeCambridgeUK

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