Children's book bringing childhood occupation tales to life

Jacqueline King decided to write A Cake For The Gestapo after hearing stories from people who grew up during the occupation. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A book has been published telling the story of life during the occupation through children's eyes.

Jacqueline King decided to write A Cake For The Gestapo after hearing stories from people who grew up during the occupation.

The fictional children's book, which starts in June 1940, tells the story of a group of friends who form a resistance group against Nazi soldiers.

The fictional children's book which starts in June 1940 tells the story of a group of friends who form a resistance group against Nazi soldiers. Credit: ITV Channel TV

I wrote it really because children in England don't know about the occupation but I met a wonderful man and he said he had such fun when the Germans were here playing tricks so I thought yes, I'll write about a gang playing tricks and then they play a trick too many.

Jacqueline King, Author
A childrens book called A Cake For The Gestapo has been published to tell the story of the occupation through children's eyes. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The German occupation of the Channel Islands lasted for most of the Second World War from 30 June 1940 until 9 May 1945.

During that time several items were confiscated and new rules were introduced for islanders including:

  • Rationing

  • Curfews

  • The confiscation of boats

  • The confiscation of radios

  • The confiscation of motor vehicles and fuel

  • The confiscation of cameras

  • Restrictions on drinking alcohol

  • Restrictions on patriotic signs and songs

  • Driving on the right hand side of the road

Some of those who broke the rules were sent to Nazi prisons and concentration camps.

The message is don't give up, be brave, be kind, look after each other and laugh at destiny. Don't let the bad side influence you, don't be bullied.

Jacqueline King, Author
A children's book called A Cake For The Gestapo has been published to tell the story of the occupation through children's eyes. Credit: ITV Channel TV

It starts off quite funny because it's about a gang of children who really don't want the Germans to land and they plan that they're going to form a sort of resistance club so they make up a band and play loud music when the Germans are nearby and the Germans just take photos and think it's wonderful so they get really cross and they try more and more things, catapulting them and they do a few really stupid things which wouldn't be likely at all, so I had fun writing it.

Jacqueline King, Author

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