Saturday, May 11, 2013

"Mike" Le Cornu interview part one May 2013 - "Seeking Liberation in Jersey"

"Mike" Le Cornu left Jersey in 1965. Here he describes his evolving life before and during the Occupation and the process by which he became politicised.

This is  part of a project to record and promote the "other history" of Jersey that tends to be overlooked in so many official publications.

Those who campaign for change deserve to be recognised and applauded alongside  the conservatives who resist reform yet seem to receive all the official praise and awards.

Further extracts from this video will appear in due course together with interviews with some of his compatriots and those who continued with their reforming efforts after Liberation in 1945.
More information will be researched and published about those from the more distant past too who have walked the same lonely Jersey path of dissent. If you have any knowledge or photos etc please make contact and share it with us...

On Saturday 28 September the Island will have the  opportunity to celebrate and remember some of those from the pages of Jersey history who have been forgotten or not been previously acknowdged as part of the first official "Jersey Reform Day".

This site is dedicated to those brave Jersey people who initiated change back in 1769 and all those such as Mike Le Cornu who have followed in their footsteps.

It is hoped that 28 September might be a day of music and enjoyment with a dash of education amd contemplation. Volunteers and contributions  and offers of support are needed NOW.
Full details will appear on this and other blogs in due course but in the meantime condider what Mike has to say here.
This video is about 24.5 mins.



  1. Fascinating. Thanks for this interview. So important that this part of Jersey history is recorded.

  2. I think part 2 is going to be really interesting, great to see those who have been there and done it coming forward with their experiences.

  3. An article was published in Pravda 20 December 1964 on "Russians in Jersey during the Occupation 1940-1945" and subsequently appeared translated into English in the Societe Jersiaise Bulletin. It can be found on the Internet. This names the young Ukrainian on Mike's crossbar as Peter Bokatenko (then 17). He survived the war to serve in the (presumably Ukrainian) army.
    The first edition of the "British Patriot" appeared on 15 June 1942 and was a protest against the confiscation of wireless sets. Ten prominent Islanders were arrested as hostages in response...

  4. I hope the Germans did the right thing and on the printing of the second edtion of the "British Patriot", arranged for those 10 prominent islanders to be shot.

    1. Now THAT is a really interesting comment....