For many years they were the forgotten face of the Occupation - the slave workers brought to the islands to build Hitler's Atlantic Wall - the hundreds of bunkers and tunnels that we can still see today.
But, belatedly, particularly since the fall of Communism, they have received more recognition.
Their service of remembrance used to be a low key affair, but now it is a major event.
Jersey's Lieutenant Governor was the first to the mark his respect for the forced workers that lost their lives during Jersey's occupation by laying a wreath in memory of the dead.
Veterans and relatives gathered from all over Europe to watch as the wreaths were laid at the slave workers memorial.
They were engraved with the nationalities and religion of the 101 men and women that died under the Nazi regime.
From the Embassy of the Russian Federation - Minister Counsellor Mr Alexander Sternick spoke of peace loving and tolerant future generations.
It was a theme reflected by Steven Regal, the head of Jersey's Jewish community.
Steve Regal, from Jersey's Jewish Community, said: "I think in common with other racial and ethnic minorities, Jews around the world continue to suffer - but we don't have a monopoly on that suffering. There are lots of people around the world that are suffering from persecution and we're just part of that persecution and hopefully, by ceremonies like this, we can convince others that we all live the same, bleed the same and have the same aspirations."
66 years ago those aspirations were of freedom, but for the hundreds of workers forced to build Hitler's bunkers in the Channel Islands it was a grim existence.
The workers were mostly from Eastern Europe, but some from Spain, Morocco, Belgium and France - and they were treated like animals. Surviving on meagre rations, these workers were often beaten, sometimes to death.
For years their plight has often been forgotten, but since the end of the cold war and further studies of history, their story is told and remembered at ceremonies such as today.