Prosecuting Kurt Meyer: The Abbaye d’Ardenne War Crimes Trial

39 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2020

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Craig Forcese

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Date Written: January 14, 2020

Abstract

Between June 7 and 17, 1944, the German 12th SS Panzer Division (Hitler Jugend) executed 156 soldiers of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, captured in the first ten days after the D-Day landings. After the war, Canadian authorities tried only one man – SS Major-General Kurt Meyer – for two score of these murders. That trial, and the subsequent treatment of Meyer, fuelled consternation, and controversy, in Canada. The trial represented the high-water mark in Canada’s brief foray into war crimes trials after the Second World War – and tested law and procedure in a manner with modern echoes. This article examines this pivotal Meyer war crime trial, focusing especially on legal debates about the trial process and verdict.

Keywords: war crimes; Canada; Germany; World War Two

Suggested Citation

Forcese, Craig, Prosecuting Kurt Meyer: The Abbaye d’Ardenne War Crimes Trial (January 14, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3519427 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3519427

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