Between July 7-9, Alderney’s President William Tate hosted a visit of Lord Eric Pickles, UK Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues; Sally Sealey, Head of Secretariat, UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation; and Dr Gilly Carr, of the University of Cambridge and Channel Islands Representative on the IHRA.
In 2019, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) began a project called “Safeguarding Sites, the IHRA Charter for Best Practice”. Currently, the project involves five European sites of which Alderney is one. The purpose of this visit was for Lord Pickles and Dr Gilly Carr to update both States Members and Islanders on a revised plan for safeguarding a number of sites which date back to the German Occupation of the Island. These include the four labour camps (Borkum, Norderney, Helgoland, and Lager Sylt) and the burial sites on Longis Common.
Following meetings with States Members and stakeholders, Islanders are invited to a public meeting in the Island Hall at which Dr Gilly Carr presented eight recommendations. For this Islanders who were unable to attend the presentation it is repeated below (click on the arrow to start the video).
More information about the work of the IHRA can be found on their website.