Jersey Heritage has commissioned a new Occupation Tapestry panel to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation. The original tapestry was unveiled twenty years ago and is now a much-loved Island treasure with every parish having been involved in the creation of this wonderful community artwork.
The new panel has been designed by Wayne Audrain, designer of the original Occupation Tapestry. The themes for this panel are remembering victims of Nazism and acts of resistance, and recording how the Island has marked Liberation Day over the years. There is the Bailiff and the Lieutenant Governor representing the governance of the Island, the Liberation sculpture and the symbolic handshake with the Mayor of Bad Wurzach. In the foreground of the new panel there is a young couple taking a selfie – making a reference to the modern world.
The panel depicts Liberation Day celebrations and veterans as well as the Lighthouse memorial and the medal awarded to Albert Bedane for saving the life a Jewish woman during the Occupation. It includes the Westmount memorial and the distinctive shape of a German observation tower. The faces in frames are of some of the people who lost their lives as victims of Nazism, such as Canon Clifford Cohu and Louisa Gould. They will be depicted in black and white against the vivid sky that echoes that of the original tapestry.
The new tapestry will tour around the parish halls over the course of this special anniversary year. In every parish, Islanders will have an opportunity to add their stitch to this new panel and view an accompanying exhibition of Occupation stories. This is sponsored by Benest & Syvret.
Louise Downie, Community Learning Director, commented ‘Jersey Heritage has recruited a team of volunteer stitchers who will stitch the tapestry and also help Islanders to place their stitch. Many of these volunteers worked on the original tapestry and their efforts are greatly appreciated.’