Deported: The four-year-old sent to a Nazi camp
When Steve Matthews and his family were forced to leave Guernsey in September 1942 for a Nazi prison camp his mother told him they were going on holiday.
Aged four, he embarked on a journey through occupied France to an abandoned prisoner of war camp in Dorsten, ending at an internment camp in Biberach, southern Germany.
The first of more than 2,000 non-native Channel Islanders were deported to camps in southern Germany 75 years ago.
The process was a direct retaliation by Hitler after British forces interned German nationals in Persia (modern-day Iran).
Thirty-five Channel Islanders died in the internment camps, while many more Jewish people and resistance fighters from the islands also perished in Nazi concentration camps and prisons.
26 Sep 2017