Nazi POW Leaves Life Savings to Village Where He Was Held

Heinrich Steinmeyer wanted his money to help the elderly in Comrie
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 3, 2016 12:25 PM CST
The village of Comrie in Scotland just received a generous gift from a German prisoner of war who had been held there during WWII.   (Getty Images/DEREKMcDOUGALL)

(Newser) – A former German soldier has left his life's savings to a small Scottish village where he was held as a prisoner of war during World War II, the AP reports. Heinrich Steinmeyer, a Waffen SS soldier, was 19 when he was brought to POW camp at Cultybraggan near the village of Comrie in Perthshire. After the war, he regularly visited. He died in 2014, leaving $485,000 to the village in his will. His wish was to help the elderly in the community. It was unclear why nearly two years elapsed between his death and the announcement of the legacy. (Read more prisoner of war stories.)

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