French artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore moved to the Isle of Jersey in 1937 where they hoped to live a quiet life “as sisters”. Germany occupied the island throughout World War II, during which the couple were a part of the local resistance. Disguising themselves and remaining almost entirely undetected, Cahun and Moore distributed leaflets to the Nazi soldiers urging them to surrender or to rebel against their own officers.

They were eventually arrested for their efforts in 1944 and were sentenced to death. Refusing to appeal their sentence, they escaped execution only when local authorities intervened on their behalf just before the German surrender in 1945.