On December 17, 1944, eleven African-American soldiers were cruelly murdered in the village of Wereth. The war bore many unjust and unfortunately long unpunished crimes. But Wereth and its inhabitants remember and commemorate these young soldiers with emotion and sincerity. A respectful ceremony honors their memory.
“The Wereth Eleven” refers to the eleven African-American G.I.s of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion. These soldiers were murdered on December 17th, 1944 by the German SS after surrendering on the second day of the Battle of the Bulge.
Long forgotten by the general public, the memory of the Wereth massacre is alive again today. And this, thanks to the commemorative work of the American Wereth Memorial as well as the numerous cinematographic and literary initiatives paying tribute to these 11 missing soldiers. Indeed, it was not until 2011 that they became internationally known as “The Wereth Eleven” thanks to the film of the same name by Robert Child and Joseph Small. Today, the association works to preserve the memory of African-American soldiers who disappeared during the Second World War.
A unique memorial in Europe, it is the only one dedicated to African-Americans, which has been erected in Wereth, in the province of Liège. It aims to pay tribute to them. A commemoration ceremony is organized every December 17th. You can also read the touching story of the Langer family here. They experienced this story first hand, took significant risks, and initiated this commemoration.