Abbey d’Ardenne
Abbey d’Ardenne
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Anna-Marie D
Dartmouth, Canada14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It's really just a small walled garden where the SS executed 20 Canadian POW's a day or two post D-Day, but it was among the very first war crimes to be tried in court. Very moving place. The abbey's family has done a nice job of honouring the murdered soldiers.
Written November 5, 2019
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Donna C
Wilmington, NC107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
A number of Canadian soldiers disappeared during WWII and their bodies were discovered here. This is sacred ground and many Canadians come to visit their fallen relatives to pay honor and respect. Our historical tour group met the Madame of the Abbaye and she told us the story with an interpreter.
Written August 6, 2019
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567dales
Calgary, Canada90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Hearing the story of the 18 Canadians murdered by the Nazis after being taken prisoner was heartbreaking. I can't imagine how frightened they must have been. People can be so cruel. Worth a visit, particularly for Canadians.
Written October 24, 2018
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Frank M
Ontario, Canada776 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
Atrocities of war are horrible and especially seeing our fellow Canadians massacred by the 12th SS Panzer Division shortly after D-Day during the Battle of Normandy. Revisited for the second time and the memorial here is quite moving . A must visit for Canadians visiting Normandy
Written September 22, 2018
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TorontoJK
Toronto, Canada1,998 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
The Canadians who built this small but moving memorial to the soldiers executed here are to be commended. The photographs and biographies nearby help us put faces and personalities to the names, ensuring they will not be forgotten. Well done.
Written July 26, 2018
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Kingcoady
Fredericton, Canada107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
This site holds a message that we all need to accept as real. Hatred and acts committed in the defence of this ideology continue to haunt our planet.
Written May 8, 2018
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Dennis T
Calgary, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
Most sites throughout Normandy evoke some sadness but they are usually tempered with pride in those who fought. Ardenne Abbey is just sadness. The abbey itself is stunning. Idyllic even. But the atrocities committed by a the German SS regiment against captive Canadian soldiers was sickening. I attended initially as a part of a tour group. It poured rain and we only had time for a brief visit. Fortunately my hotel was close by in Caen so I drive out the next day on my own to spend more time. To spend a couple hours reading each sign, each memorial marker. As a Canadian, this site was the most humbling and sorrowful piece of military history I've visited in Normandy. While war is always ugly, what happened here was sickening.

Ardenne Abbey is a beautiful set of structures and open spaces, gardens and walls. If you visit Normandy, you really need to visit this place. Important tip: do a little research first on what happened here. You'll appreciate the context
Written July 10, 2017
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363tourist
The Hague, The Netherlands276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is one of those 'must visit' places which you actually do not want to visit. I knew the black history of this war crime site and I wasn't all too keen on go there.

And, once again (like Dachau and Le Paradis) I shook my head in disbelief. The systematic butchery of P.O.W.s by the SS never ceases to amaze or fill me with sorrow. And anger?

My hairs stood on end walking around that little area. What went through the heads of those poor, young & frightened Canadian soldiers, knowing that a bullet awaited them on the other side of the wal? And, don't forget this little "twist", the main building was an Abbey!!

I've read Hubert Meyer's 12th SS several times but he blames the PTSD hardened SS troopers, with Russia as their excuse, and not the whole SS machine. Don't forget, the Le Paradis 'affair' of the Norfolks occured in 1940, when Russia & Nazi Germany were allies...

To compound matters, the suspects, in the main, got clean away with it....
Written September 19, 2022
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baghdadlian
Montreal, Canada3,223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We went to the Ardenne Abbey because we needed to go because we were Canadians. It is a small memorial park where these Canadian soldiers were tortured and killed by the Germans in WW11. There is a plaque with the soldiers name and face on it ...a lot of Canadian flags. We stayed there for a while to remember them and you can sign a condolences book that is in the wall as you exit. Moving place in Normandy area
Written August 3, 2019
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kmn77
Timmins, Canada89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
The Abbey d’Ardenne was a stop on our guided tour today. Shortly after we arrived, an elderly woman walked into the garden where the memorial is. We found out that she is Mme Vico, a daughter-in-law to M. and Mme Vico who owned the Abbey during WWII. She shared many personal stories about the history surrounding the Abbey with us. In addition, Mme Vico also shared how we, especially our youth, need to learn from the history. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life. I will be forever grateful to have met her and listened to her personal account of this tragedy, WWII and the years that followed.
Written July 31, 2018
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