A memorial to Canadian soldiers, who were executed by German troops, stands at Abbaye d’Ardenne in Normandy, France.
Photos of murdered Canadian soldiers line a wall at Abbaye d’Ardenne in Normandy, France.
On June 7 and 8, 1944, just hours after the D-Day invasion, 18 Canadian soldiers were executed by German troops of the 25th Panzer Grenadier Regiment, commanded by Kurt Meyer. The men were shot and their bodies buried by the Germans in the garden at Abbaye d’Ardenne, near Caen, France.
When the Vico family, owners of the property, returned to their home after the war, they noticed that their gardens had been disturbed. They then discovered the bodies.
Meyer was brought to trial for the murders in December 1945. He was found guilty and sentenced to death — a sentence later commuted to life imprisonment. He served eight years at New Brunswick’s Dorchester Penitentiary and, on Sept. 7, 1954, was released. He died of a heart attack seven years later.
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