Today, our topic is Jersey. No, not New Jersey, our wonderful(?) home state. Jersey, the island/bailiwick (what the hell is a bailiwick?) between Britain and France, famous for two things: its cows and being the namesake of New Jersey. Sad, but true!
Are there any Jews in Jersey? Not too many. It was the home, however, for French artist Claude Cahun (real name Lucy Schwob) and her lover Marcel Moore (real name Suzanne Malhebre). The two were actually step-siblings, for Cahun's father married Moore's mother. That happened eight years after the women's romance had begun, so clearly not as creepy as it originally seems. Still, must have been some strange family reunions.
In any case, Cahun and Moore moved to Jersey in 1937, but couldn't avoid the Nazis, as the Channel Islands were the only part of the UK that got occupied during War War II. The two were active in the resistance movement, were captured, and sentenced to death. Luckily, the sentence was not carried out.
Today, Cahun is lauded for being a trailblazer in surrealism photography and non-binary expression. As well as for being the only(?) Jew from non-New Jersey...