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
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