New Book Reflects Stories of Conflict, Struggles, Hardship and Survival During World War II

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Irene Camus Smith’s ‘Passive Conflict' is a real story of one family who lived on the Island of Jersey, the Germans who have been thrown together with them and how they both survived during a bad time in history

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The Island of Jersey is a part of the British Empire, and the Crown’s oldest possession. Hitler has to prove to his military and to his country that he can be the first leader to set foot on British soil since William the Conqueror, which was nearly a thousand years ago. Besides, he believes, he can use it as a stepping stone to Britain. The Islands are to be demilitarized and so, Charlie Smith a British Royal Navy Serviceman had to evacuate leaving his family behind.

“Passive Conflict” written by author Irene Camus Smith is a true account of a British family who lived on Jersey Island, the largest of the Channel Islands but were torn apart by the events of World War II. Charles Smith, a half French, half English sea man in his mid-forties has been called back to active duty in the Royal Navy. He left his family on the Island of Jersey knowing that they will also evacuate before the Germans invaded the island.

The tiny town of St. Helier was in absolute chaos. There were people from all over the Island queuing up at the banks to withdraw their money to flee the Island. At the same time, there were also queuing up at the shipping offices to book their passages to England. They were all hell bent on fleeing the island. They did not seem to worry about the way they would have to travel. Their only concern was to get away before the German army arrived. However, Charles wife Maggie, their children, and the rest of the Smith family decided to stay in the Island.

When the Germans finally arrived, they bombed St. Helier’s harbour and King George had decided not to defend the Channel Islands. The bombing of the harbour had been so unexpected. Everything had changed in the island of Jersey. The people of the Channel Islands were not Jews, Poles, or Russians but Britons who had to be treated accordingly. The German plot was to make the people see that nothing would change when they took over England. But as the war rages on for years, the Smith family and the rest of those who preferred to stay have realized that the sad realities of war is definitely upon them.

“Passive Conflict” is a must read story for history fanatics and the general public. It vividly reflects to readers the struggles, the hardship and the will to survive of not only an English family and the people of an island who preferred to stay on the Island of Jersey during World War II but for Germans as well who have been thrown together with these islanders during a bad time in history.

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About the Author
lrene Camus Smith was born in Jersey which is the largest of the Channel lslands. She was just seven years old at the outbreak of WWII. The Germans occupied Jersey from 1940-1945. Hitler was elated that he had set foot and occupied British soil. He expected his troops to be marching through London within six months However, fortunately it did not happen. There are many stories of other families all different. This is the story of one family. How they coped with living with the enemy and in the last year how they survived siege and near starvation.

Passive Conflict * by Irene Camus Smith
Publication Date: September 30, 2013
Trade Paperback; AU$29.99; 177 pages; 978-1-4836-9923-3
Trade Hardback; AU$49.99; 177 pages; 978-1-4836-9924-0
Ebook; AU$3.99; 978-1-4836-9925-7

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