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Kurt Meyer on trial : a documentary record

Author: P Whitney Lackenbauer; Chris Madsen; Canadian Forces Leadership Institute.
Publisher: Kingston, Ont. : Canadian Defence Academy Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In late 1945, a Canadian military court sitting in occupied Germany convicted Waffen-SS General Kurt Meyer on charges related to the murder of Canadian prisoners of war in Normandy. It was Canada's first entry into the war crimes field and the trial raised several important operational and legal issues, particularly with regard to command responsibility. Although sentenced to death by firing squad, Meyer was saved  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Military history
Trials, litigation, etc
Procès, instances, etc
Named Person: Kurt Meyer; Kurt Meyer; Kurt Meyer
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P Whitney Lackenbauer; Chris Madsen; Canadian Forces Leadership Institute.
ISBN: 9780662461692 066246169X
OCLC Number: 184687367
Notes: Issued by Canadian Forces Leadership Institute.
Description: xi, 697 pages : illustrations, maps, photographs ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Legal and pre-trial documents --
The trial of Kurt Meyer, December 1945 --
The decision to commute Meyer's sentence --
Transfer to Canada and imprisonment at Dorchester Penitentiary --
Appeals and Meyer's transfer to Germany --
The decision to release Meyer --
Responses to the release of Kurt Meyer.
Responsibility: edited and introduced by P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Chris M.V. Madsen.

Abstract:

"In late 1945, a Canadian military court sitting in occupied Germany convicted Waffen-SS General Kurt Meyer on charges related to the murder of Canadian prisoners of war in Normandy. It was Canada's first entry into the war crimes field and the trial raised several important operational and legal issues, particularly with regard to command responsibility. Although sentenced to death by firing squad, Meyer was saved by the controversial decision of Canadian military authorities to commute the sentence and was released after less than a decade of imprisonment in New Brunswick and West Germany. Meyer's war crimes trial and the final result caused consternation and outrage among the Canadian public at the time. It remains among the most contentious episodes in Canadian military history. This collection brings together previously unpublished documents related to Canada's prosecution of Kurt Meyer, including the original trial transcript and selected materials to situate the trial in its political, military, diplomatic and legal context"--Page 4 of cover.

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