National Library of Wales Row Over SS Man's Legacy
The National Library of Wales has been criticised for accepting a bequest of £300,000 from a Frenchman who served in the Waffen SS in World War II.
Louis Feutren was a member of the Bezen Perrot (Perrot Unit) from Brittany which fought with the Nazis.
Heritage Minister Huw Lewis said he was disappointed the library had accepted the bequest, which includes “material of significant historical importance”.
The library said it had followed expert legal advice in coming to its decision.
It said some of the money would be used on projects associated with the destructive effects of war and fascism.
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