Abbaye d’Ardenne, June 7-8, 1944.

Sixty-six years ago today (and tomorrow), some twenty Canadian prisoners-of-war were executed near Villons-les-Buissons in the Abbaye d’Ardenne by their captors, the 12th SS Panzer Division (Hitler Youth).  That division would go on to murder as many as 156 Canadian POWs in the days and weeks following the Normandy invasion.

You may be surprised and dismayed to learn that the man responsible, SS-Brigadeführer Kurt Meyer, was arrested, tried and convicted for the murders, but his sentence was commuted by Canadian Major General Christopher Vokes—who also ordered the deaths of two POWs himself (although his division commander intervened), and was perhaps a little more sympathetic than one might wish.

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