Books: Parvenu's Captives

"ISLANDS IN DANGER (255 pp.)−Alan & Mary Wood−Macmillan ($3.50).

"The one thing I was keen about," said the lieutenant governor of Guernsey when the Germans occupied the Channel Islands in 1940, "was that there shouldn't be any sort of resistance movement." This puts in a nutshell a matter over which people have been quarreling ever since the end of World War II. Why, it is asked, was the occupation of the Channel Islands so different from any other occupation? Why, when Poles and Frenchmen were resisting with all their might, did the 61,000 British citizens who stayed on the islands "cooperate" with...

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