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Former German Prisoner Of War Leaves Fortune To Village That Held Him Captive

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Former German Prisoner Of War Leaves Fortune To Village That Held Him Captive

A German prisoner of war has left a lot of money in his will to a small village in Scotland that held him.

As Comrie Development Trust explains, Heinrich Steinmayer was so pleased with his treatment in the Perthshire village that he gave his monetary legacy to it (£384,000), to be spent on good causes.

Mr Steinmeyer was 19 when he was captured in France and held as a prisoner of war at Cultybraggan, which is situated by the village of Comrie, with around 4,000 other prisoners.

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Heinrich Steinmeyer fought for the National Socialists (Nazis) during World War Two. Credit: PA

He passed away in 2013, aged 90, and it recently transpired he left the money because of the kindness he was shown and in the hope it will benefit the elderly in the area.

Comrie Development Trust is managing the money, with Mr Steinmeyer writing in his will: "Herewith, I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Scotland for the kindness and generosity that I have experienced in Scotland during my imprisonment of war and hereafter."

Trust secretary Andrew Reid stated:

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"Throughout his captivity, Heinrich Steinmeyer was very struck by the kindness shown to him Scottish people, which he had not expected.

"After the war, he visited Comrie and made lasting friendships in the village.

"He vowed to leave everything he owned for the benefit of older people in the place he wanted to thank."

After the war, Mr Steinmeyer worked on a farm for a bit in Perthshire, before returning to Germany.

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Topics: Nazi

Patrick Hulbert
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