Its quaint cobbled streets and grassy hills make the tiny Channel Island dependency of Alderney the most unlikely location for Nazi war crimes. Now Britain’s “little Auschwitz” could be destroyed by a Â£500m energy scheme backed by the European Union. During the Second World War, Nazi soldiers established the only concentration camps to have existed on British soil and murdered up to 40,000 Russian, French and Jewish slave labourers on the island, earmarked by Hitler as an “impregnable fortress” for his regime. A confidential report, leaked to The Sunday Times, reveals preliminary drilling has already “severely damaged” the main burial ground and warns of “greater damage” if a planned mega-cable linking France to Britain goes ahead. The France-Alderney-Britain link, known as FAB, will connect the two countries’ electricity grids via Alderney and is a key plank of British and French energy strategy. The project is jointly owned by EDF, the French energy giant, and private firms, and has so far received £6.3m of EU funds.
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