'Adolf Island'

The Nazi occupation of Alderney

By Caroline Sturdy Colls and Kevin Colls

'Adolf Island'


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4905-3
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: March 2022
  • BIC Category: Battlefield archaeology, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, HISTORY / Military / World War II, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology, Geography, British Isles, Humanities / Second World War, Humanities / Military history, Humanities / Archaeology, Archaeology, Second World War, Military history


'Adolf Island' offers new forensic, archaeological and spatial perspectives on the Nazi forced and slave labour programme that was initiated on the Channel Island of Alderney during its occupation in the Second World War. Drawing on extensive archival research and the results of the first in-field investigations of the 'crime scenes' since 1945, the book identifies and characterises the network of concentration and labour camps, fortifications, burial sites and other material traces connected to the occupation, providing new insights into the identities and experiences of the men and women who lived, worked and died within this landscape. Moving beyond previous studies focused on military aspects of occupation, the book argues that Alderney was intrinsically linked to wider systems of Nazi forced and slave labour.


Part I: Work
1 The labourers
2 Products of forced and slave labour
Part II: Life
3 Wire and cement
4 Architecture and experience in Sylt concentration camp
5 Norderney: into the 'tunnel of death'
6 A landscape of internment
Part III: Death
7 The deceased
8 Marked and clandestine burials
9 The missing
Part IV: Aftermath
10 The final phases of occupation
11 Legacies
Concluding remarks


Caroline Sturdy Colls is Professor of Conflict Archaeology and Genocide Investigation at Staffordshire University

Kevin Simon Colls is Associate Professor of Archaeology at Staffordshire University

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