War Time & The Occupation

In 1939 England declared war on Germany, and the German occupation of Jersey began in July 1940.  During the course of The Occupation, Edwin's home at First Tower was commandeered by the German Army as an officers' billet, so he and his family moved back to live above the shop once more.

Because of his German name, Edwin encountered certain hostilities during The Occupation.  However, in general, he was highly regarded and recognised for his contribution to public service and his ability to translate optical prescriptions into German was greatly valued.

Apart from repairs, there was very little business during the years of The Occupation.  The shop stayed open as long as it could, but by Liberation Day in 1945 only 3 silver hatpins remained in stock.

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