The monument cmmemorates several GIs murdered by an SS sergeant. At least one American survived this incident and later fled the scene only to be re-captured elsewhere in the village. In a sworn statement made after the war, SS-Oberscharführer Paul Ochmann stated that the and SS-Sturmmann Suess of Kampfgruppe Peiper murdered these prisoners:
'Suess stepped from his vehicle (a halfttack) after having previously taken a weapon from the vehicle. Together with Seuss, 1 led the prisoners past the SPW (halftrack) of SS-Unterstrumführer Hering over to the other side of the road. I cannot tell Tonger exactly how far I led the prisoner (sic) but it was hardly more than a hundred mettes. 'In the vicinity of the cemetery at a place where the terrain descends on the right of the street, I stopped the prisoners, who were marching one behind the other. I formed them right at the edge of the road for I selected this location intentionally because there the bodies could drop right down the steep terrain without lying in our way.
' I then indicated to the prisoners with my hand that they should place themselves with their backs towards me and therefore with the face towards the slope, as I intended to kill them by a shot in the neck. I know that by a shot in the neck the victim falls forward. Thereupon, I first shot the first American prisoner of war from a distance of about 20cm. I shot him with a shot into the neck from the rear because I know from my service with the 'Totenkopf Einheit' that this is the customary way to shoot people. All told, I myself shot and killed with my pistol in this manner four or five of these American prisoners of war. SS-Sturmmann Suess of the 9th Panzer Company shot the other prisoners in my presence. About 500 metres north of the place where SS-Sturmmann Suess and I shot the prisoners stood another eight prisoners of war. I believe an officer was among them. I brought these prisoners into a hotel located in the village.
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