aminzakhar wrote:I do not want to turn this into a political discussion
I do have a right
you SJWs (Social Justice Warriors)
I have to say, you're not making the most compelling arguments here.
I'm personally in favour of the international version including Meyer, warts and all.
The 12th SS Panzer Division was commanded in Normandy by Kurt Meyer, an odious little man with no redeeming features. He joined the Nazi party in 1930, well before they wielded the sort of serious political clout that could be argued even slightly improve one's lot in life, which demonstrates him to have been an actual committed Nazi. Meyer then joined the SS in 1931, at the time an organisation with exclusive loyalty to Adolf hitler. Meyer started his military career occupying other people's countries before getting serious at the start of the Second World War. He gained expertise in shooting civilians in Poland and moved on to shooting civilians in the Soviet Union and burning their houses down before being transferred to command the 25th Panzer Grenadier Regiment in the Hitlerjugend Division, where he further indoctrinated the fanatical Nazis that the division was chock-full of and told them to give no quarter to Allied troops. From the 7th to the 8th of June 1944, 18 Canadian prisoners were executed by Meyer's men at his Regimental headquarters in the Ardenne Abbey, a crime in which he was at least heavily complicit. Another 30 PoWs were killed at the same time in other locations but Meyer managed to wriggle out of those charges at the war crime tribunal. On the 14th of June the commander of the Division was killed and Meyer took his place, supervising the Division as it was mauled by Allied forces and then losing most of the rest of it in the Falaise pocket. On the way out of France Meyer's men made sure to stop and shoot some French civilians, presumably in homage to their commander. On the 6th of September 1944 Meyer was captured by Belgian partisans and handed to Allied forces, who taped him banging on about what a swell bloke Hitler was. After the war the Allied prosecution managed to totally fuck up the case against him, at least partially due to insufficient cooperation with the Soviet Union, and Meyer escaped the noose and got a life sentence. After serving 14 years of that sentence Meyer was released on 'good behaviour', presumably because he'd stopped killing quite so many innocent people, and went on to work with HIAG and lie to the world about how the Waffen SS, the armed division of Hitler's personal bodyguard force, was actually an apolitical fighting organisation and not war criminals at all (especially him). Meyer died on his birthday in 1961, exactly 51 years too late.
How's that for you? Plenty of dates, plenty of historical facts. History is history, after all.