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He was sent abusive and threatening letters with one warning Nettles never to set foot on the Channel Islands again.

Nettles says that filming the documentary "was a highly interesting experience but it was also quite a traumatic one."The islanders didn't like the way we talked about the resistance, didn't like the way we talked about the collaboration or allegations of it and they didn't like the way we talked about the treatment of the Jews by the administration of the islands."Now Nettles, 69, is talking about these issues some more having spent the intervening years researching a book that would enable him to "tell in much more detail the true story of those extraordinary years".

"As one of the Guernsey politicians said, 'The Germans always had the gun. Otherwise we would be dead.'"Island leaders tried to act as a buffer between the Germans and the islanders and called for little resistance towards the invaders because, defenceless as they were, they feared swingeing reprisals.

However, the fact the administrators often did the Germans' bidding - dutifully drawing up lists of the places of birth of all residents, for example - had tragically fatal consequences.

"People are deeply, deeply hurt by accusations that they are anti-Semitic, or that they were too much inclined to load the Jews on to the transporters."Their defence is, 'We didn't know what was going to happen to them' but there seems to be a lack of awareness that the Jews were a special case in the Nazi ideology.

They were there to be killed and they were deserving, therefore, of the protection of the civil authorities."This is something they did not receive.

However, that mutual affection was disrupted two years ago when Nettles - who is also a history graduate - fronted a three-part documentary about the Nazi Occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War.

Drawn to the history of a place where he had spent so many years and yet where he had been "only vaguely aware of German bunkers", Nettles was unprepared for the hostility the documentary would provoke.

It also allowed the Nazis to identify Jewish residents."The Jewish question in the Channel Islands is one of the most difficult to address," says Nettles.

Louisa took the escaped worker in without hesitation because she had lost a son in the war and was determined to do an act of kindness "for another mother's son". After two-and-a-half years Louisa was betrayed by a neighbour and while the Russian escaped she was sent to a concentration camp along with her brother Harold Le Druillenec.

Louisa died in Ravensbruck concentration camp and Harold was the only British survivor of the horrendous Bergen-Belsen camp.

Those who couldn't leave or had nowhere to go braced themselves to await the enemy.

Part of Nettles's intention is to overturn a popular myth that for those who remained on the islands the ensuing five-year occupation "was a rather gentle, even benign affair".

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