updated 9/28/2009 12:59:25 PM ET 2009-09-28T16:59:25

A former Nazi SS officer who was imprisoned in Scotland during World War II reportedly plans to leave the bulk of his estate to villagers who befriended him.

The Press and Journal newspaper in Aberdeen identified the former prisoner as 84-year-old Heinrich Steinmeyer, who now lives in Delmenhorst, near Bremen in Germany.

He was held at the Cultybraggan prisoner-of-war camp near the village of Comrie, about 50 miles northwest of Edinburgh.

The newspaper quoted Steinmeyer as saying his captors were tough but fair, and he decided to stay in Scotland for a time after being released.

The newspaper says Steinmeyer's bequest to Comrie was thought to be worth more than $640,000, but village officials were unable to confirm the amount.

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