A former Nazi soldier has donated £400,000 to a tiny British village because of the “kindness and generosity” he was shown there after he was captured.
Heinrich Steinmeyer was a member of Hitler’s infamous Waffen-SS and was just 19 when he was captured in Normandy in August 1944, just weeks after D-Day.
He was classed as a hardline Nazi and ended up in the prisoner of war camp at Cultybraggan near Comrie, Perthshire.
But the experience transformed him and Steinmeyer said he was only shown kindness by the villagers, which he had not expected.
The experience had such an impact on him that he returned to Comrie after the war and made lasting friendships in the village.
He vowed to leave everything he owned for the benefit of the elderly of the tiny Scottish community, population less than 2,000, in the Southern Highlands near Perth.
His will read: “I would like to express my gratitude to the …