A shocking new report says up to 70,000 prisoners — including many Jews — may have been murdered by the Nazis in slave labor camps on the Channel Islands — a toll that British intelligence covered up.
Britain’s official history says just 400 prisoners were killed in camps off the French coastline. But a new probe says the true toll was around 150 times that figure, including about 1,000 Jews, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
“Thousands upon thousands of Russian prisoners of war and forced laborers, men and boys [were] dragged from their villages in Russia and Eastern Europe, Jews from France,” the report stated.
Some survivors lived to tell of an isolated horror show of torture and death.
“(One) man was crucified for stealing, hung by his hands. When I got up in the mornings I saw dead bodies in the bunks around me. Sometimes their lips, nose and ears had been eaten by rats.”
The British evacuated the Channel Islands after the Nazis occupied France. After recapturing them at the end of the war, British intelligence was apparently embarrassed at the extent of the carnage on British soil and never fully probed the camps.
Dave Goldiner is the Forward’s director of digital media. Dave is a veteran journalist who has spent two decades working at newspapers in the United States and Africa. A native New Yorker, Goldiner wrote for the New York Daily News, where he covered some of the biggest stories of our time, including the attacks of September 11, along with thousands of stories of hope and heartbreak. He also studied and worked in Southern Africa and has written for publications in South Africa and Zimbabwe. He holds masters degrees in journalism and public administration from Columbia University. Dave can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @davegoldiner
Jews Among 70,000 Slaughtered By Nazis In Channel Island Camps That Britain Covered Up