The Life and Times of Michael Ginns MBE

One of the most distinguished guardians of Jersey’s Occupation history, Michael Ginns MBE, died earlier this year after a long and eventful life. That life is celebrated in ‘Occupation Reconciliation’, a biography by Juanita Shield-Laignel due for publication later this year on what would have been Michael’s 90th birthday.

As a teenager in 1942, Michael was among the hundreds of Islanders deported and interned in Germany on the orders of Adolf Hitler, whose forces occupied the Channel Islands from 1940 to 1945. In 2009, after ten years of research, he published his major work of historical record, Jersey Occupied.

Juanita Shield-Laignel is a Jersey-based writer and complementary therapist and editor of Fish Media.