The evil twin of Communist socialism would have to be as deadly as the Soviets if left undefeated….
It’s why I’m against any totalitarian ideology, whether it be democratic socialism or anything else in the pantheon of tyrannical statism.
Hitler’s British death island: Astonishing story of how the Nazis murdered 40,000 people in Channel Island concentration camps – and planned to blitz the South Coast with chemical weapons
- Top-secret launcher site for V1 missiles was being constructed on the tiny island
- Shockingly, they were to be armed not with conventional explosives, but deadly nerve gas Sarin
- Targets ranged from Weymouth to Plymouth, where in 1943-44, hundreds of thousands of British and U.S. troops prepared for D-Day invasion
On a spring afternoon, the grassy headland is bursting with a joy that lifts the soul. Sunshine, blue sea and sky; splashes of golden gorse catch the light and bluebells sway in the breeze; larks float on air currents while gannets in their thousands swoop and screech on a rocky island below.
This is the southern tip of Alderney, smallest of the three main Channel Islands. Across the water, Guernsey, Sark and Jersey glisten. It has to be one of the most beautiful, tranquil and inspiring sights in the whole of Britain.
But close your eyes, take your mind back 75 years . . . and this idyll is a scene of sheer horror.
We are standing on the remains of a massive World War II gun emplacement — a German gun. To the left, a small valley leads down to the cliff top.
Shortly after the defences were completed, two odd things happened. Operational German army command of Alderney was switched from St Malo on the French coast — from where the Channel Islands as a whole were run — to a different headquarters in Cherbourg. Alderney was, in effect, being isolated.
Then a brigade of the feared SS arrived in Alderney — and nowhere else in the Channel Islands.
They were the worst of the Nazi butchers, the Fuhrer’s elite storm troopers, who ran the Reich’s chain of concentration and extermination camps incarcerating, torturing and murdering millions of political prisoners, Russian prisoners-of-war and Jews.
They brought 5,000 concentration camp prisoners with them from Germany and took over the Lager Sylt labour camp, which they converted into a permanent high-security camp behind barbed wire — strands of which can still be found — between that beautiful headland we described at the start of this article and what is now the island’s airport.
Why the SS were operating on Alderney is a mystery that has never been satisfactorily explained.
Read more: H/T: Simone Simmons