They are said to be the only two people to escape from Nazi-occupied Alderney: In 1943, Pierre Longuet, 37, a plumber, and Jean Vigla, his 18-year-old apprentice, achieved the seemingly impossible feat – thanks to a friendly German Luftwaffe officer .
The couple, from the town of Lisieux in Normandy, were not Jews. They had been sent to the island in December 1942 as punishment for a minor sabotage of an industrial washing machine waiting in the harbor of St Malo on its way to Alderney, where it would be used to launder the Germans’ clothes. .
Convicted in summary trial, they were put on a boat to the island that same evening and taken to one of the